The Sprawled Way of Detergents
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In some countries non-bio-degradable soap is banned, in other countries it is the cheapest available soap, boasting its qualities on boxes, cans, and bags with white whirls, clean bubbles and sparkling colours. Some of the remarkable side-effects have come to the attention of an environmental care group in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. First, people were warned by the National Environmental Service and local NGOs about the negative effects of overuse of fertilizers in the gardens in the hills. Second, it turned out that the extensive use of non-bio-degradable soap has the same negative effect. Locally, residents founded an environmental NGO, and started to use soap nuts and bio-degradable products in their households. Soap is one ingredient among others floating through the island - in the groundwater, in streams, pits, wells and ponds and eventually released into the lagoon.