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The Sad Slippery Slope of Bar Soap – Treehugger (www.treehugger.com)

Majority of Americans between 18-24 now choosing liquid soap because they think bar soap is covered in germs. Many others just find it inconvenient.

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Who would have ever thought we’d be bemoaning the banishment of bar soap? But here we are. A new report from research group Mintel reveals that the sales of bar soap are down as sales of liquid soap are bubbling up. Here is a look at the numbers:

  • Between 2014-15, sales of bar soap fell 2.2 percent compared to an overall market growth of 2.7 percent.
  • The percentage of households using bar soap dropped from 89 percent to 84 percent between 2010-15.
  • 55 percent of all consumers believe bar soaps are less convenient than liquid varieties.
  • 60 percent of consumers between 18 and 24 believe that bar soaps are covered in germs after use; 31 percent of older consumers aged 65+ believe the same.

So let’s break this down a bit.

Are bar soaps more of a hassle than liquid soaps? For a culture that covets convenience, sure. Liquid soaps are not messy, they don’t slip out of our hands, they don’t require a soap dish. But to my eyes this is a myopic take on things. If we consider that $2.7 billion was spent on liquid body wash alone in 2015 – even if we randomly (and generously) assign a cost of $10 per bottle – that’s 270,000,000 plastic bottles with pump parts that end up in the waste cycle. And remember that’s just body wash. While some people refill their dispensers and create less waste, it’s still decidedly more plastic than the paper wrapper of a soap bar.

Moreover, Huffington Post reports that the carbon footprint in general is 25 percent more for liquid soap over bar soap:

In a cradle-to-grave life-cycle analysis of household cleaning agents, including personal body cleansers, Annette Koehler and Caroline Wildbolz of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich found that for a per application or per wash basis, the carbon footprint of liquids is about 25 percent larger than that of bar soaps.

Why? In large part because for a typical visit to the sink, we use almost 7 times more liquid soap (2.3 grams) than bar soap (0.35 grams). That extra soap means more chemical feedstocks and more processing, and thus more energy and carbon emissions.

Liquids also require more energy for packaging production and disposal.

Huffington Post adds that we use more heated water with bar soap than with liquid soap, but why is that? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) handwashing guidelines, the length of time for handwashing (20 seconds) is regardless of soap type. And don’t most people turn the water off when washing their hands anyway?

And then there’s the mess … but is mucky soap goop a problem? At my sinks and in the shower we have soap dishes that apparently allow the soap to dry enough to prevent this; someone educate me here, am I just using magically un-scummy soap?

Next, is bar soap really covered in germs? Why are we becoming so squeamish? The hygiene hypothesis argues that our obsession with cleanliness is actually leading to increased ill health, yet we persist.

The researchers in one study actually contaminated bar soap with bacteria, only to find that the bacteria wasn’t transferred during hand washing. While the CDC does say that a hands-free liquid soap dispenser is preferable for those working in dental care, for all other healthcare workers the agency notes: “Liquid, bar, leaflet or powdered forms of plain soap are acceptable when washing hands with a non-antimicrobial soap and water.”

For the rest of us, the CDC makes no distinction between bar and liquid soap, and in fact shows both in their hand-washing guideline illustrations. Mayo Clinic recommends either option as well.

So in the end, the demise of the soap bar is about misguided fear and convenience; and as we are continually proving our preference for things we can throw away instead of having to actually clean, we are, in the end, making a much bigger mess … even when it comes to a simple bar of soap.

 

https://www.treehugger.com/green-home/bar-soap-sales-slipping-away-millennials-think-its-gross.html

By |May 2nd, 2017|cleanse, Holistic, natural, NATURAL SKIN CARE, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Safe Or Clean? Now You Can Have Both!

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Safe and Clean

According to the National Capital Poison Center, some of the most common household poisons are cleaning products. Somehow it does not make sense… using poison to clean the things that you encounter daily. Yet, the average US home generates 20 pounds of hazardous waste each year. Surely, there is a better way to clean!

Walking down the aisle at your grocery store with the plethora of cleaning products is sure to give you some overwhelm.  What is safe?  If it says ‘free and clear’ or ‘natural’, is that better for you and the environment?  Or, if you are like me, you are instantly hit with a headache from the artificial scents. 

Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose.  Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.  The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic.  But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance”.  Although most cleaners don’t list ingredients (according to the FDA, cleaning products do NOT have to tell you their ingredients), you can learn something about a product’s hazards by reading its label.  Most labels bear a signal word, such as Danger, Warning or Caution, that provides some indication of a product’s toxicity.  Beside the signal word is usually a phrase that describes the nature of the hazard, such as “may cause skin irritation,” “flammable,” “vapors harmful,” or “may cause burns on contact.” [1]

And what happens when these hazardous cleaners disappear down our drains?  They contaminate our lakes and streams.  The chemicals used in cleaning products can break down into even more hazardous chemical compounds that do not readily absorb into the soil or water.  In fact, a special class of chemicals detected from detergents and surfactants, called APE’s (alkylphenol ethoxylates), have been shown to be a hormone disruptor, thus mimicking the hormone estrogen.

Are there ways to be SAFE and CLEAN?  Of course!

Jena’s favorite 7 natural ways to clean that are safe!

 

By |April 28th, 2017|cleanse, Holistic, Home|0 Comments

How to Truly Get Lucky this March

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In March, it’s not uncommon to hear about luck and, of course, the luck of the Irish. Here at Daisy Blue Naturals, we think there are better ways to get lucky than finding four-leaf clovers.

One way to truly get lucky “Daisy Blue Style” is to learn simple and painless ways to detox your body from harmful chemicals. Let’s face it, few things feel luckier than good health.

You can increase the probability of successfully detoxing your body when you make painless changes, changes that do not make you feel like you are suffering or missing out on something you enjoy. But is it even possible to detox your body without giving up some of your favorite things?detox

Fortunately, it is, and choosing a painless way to detox leads to easy implementation and commitment and therefore, success. Choosing a radical detox diet might produce radical results, but the road to success probably will not feel easy. Indeed, you may give in a day or two after getting started.

The secret to successfully detoxing your body is to set yourself up for success! Implement three to five truly painless ways to detox.

You Just Got Lucky!

Yes, you read that correctly. You just got lucky! You see, because we had such great feedback from our 5 Painless Ways to Detox Spa Experience in the month of January, we are now offering that presentation all year long.  Painless Ways to Detox Handout with Kits_5

If you like the idea of feeling healthier by detoxing and shedding a few pounds without suffering, you can schedule this engaging and informational presentation for yourself and a few friends. Many of the attendees let our Consultants know how much they appreciated the short format and the useful content.

You Just Got Luckier!

You can also order the Daisy Blue Detox Kit today, which includes our informational sheet about the 5 Painless Ways to Detox.

To learn more about Daisy Blue Naturals, contact Tammy Stanley, VP of Sales, at tstanley@daisybluenaturals.com

By |March 1st, 2017|cleanse, detox, Holistic, Holistic Health, natural|0 Comments