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Ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion agen­cies (EPAs), the laun­dry de­ter­gents are mar­keted in plas­tic pack­ets that mostly hap­pen to be non-biodegrad­able and non-re­cy­clable. The big vol­ume of de­ter­gent pack­ag­ing gen­er­ates heaps of plas­tic rub­bish cre­at­ing an enor­mous en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. The Euro­pean branch of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Soaps, De­ter­gents and Main­te­nance Prod­ucts launched an in­dus­try-wide ini­tia­tive in the year 2009 to sub­stan­tially re­duce the size of de­ter­gent pow­der pack­ag­ing by man­u­fac­tur­ing smaller pack­ages filled with highly con­cen­trated de­ter­gent pow­ders. The in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion, how­ever, pointed out that for mak­ing such a pack­ag­ing-re­duc­tion strat­egy suc­cess­ful, the con­sumers must first of all care­fully read the printed la­bels and then make a habit to pro­por­tion­ately cut down on the quan­tity of de­ter­gent pow­der to be taken in a bucket. This is be­cause, in the new per­spec­tive, sig­nif­i­cantly less quan­tity of the de­ter­gent pow­der would be re­quired for the same clean­ing ef­fi­ciency of the pow­der as ob­served be­fore be­cause of the adop­tion of new con­cen­trated for­mula strat­egy. If this ini­tia­tive comes into prac­tice in a vast coun­try like In­dia, the prob­lem of cre­ation of huge-sized plas­tic heaps in the streets can also be dras­ti­cally re­duced. Source: www.en­vi­ron­men­taljour­nal.org

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