Why Prefer Biodegradable Products
As human beings, we are just one more species on the planet, inevitably connected with the cycles of nature, and thus directly or indirectly affected by what is happening at an environmental level. Many of us have felt some discomfort, such as dizziness, nausea, allergies or irritation in the nose and eyes, when using cleaning products or coming into contact with them. That is because a large part of the products available on the market are made from petroleum. When used, they release a significant amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that pollute the air and damage the ozone layer, putting human health at risk, mostly that of babies and children.
In addition, any product that does not meet the condition of being biodegradable, will inevitably contaminate water, soil and our bodies, because most of its components do not break down easily. This means that, every time we opt for the more 'chemical' alternative, whether it is for personal care or household cleaning, we are also choosing to decrease our quality of life from different fronts. And it's quite ironic, since most of these products are advertised as a blunt response to possible threats to our health.
To better illustrate the contamination cycle, we will use as an example the antibacterial action. Most chemicals that generate this effect –from deodorants to dish soap– contain triclosan, a potent chemical that cannot be disposed of in wastewater treatment plants. In this case, the triclosan that comes into contact with water will reach the rivers and oceans seas, and eventually be absorbed by animals and plants, while profoundly altering its life cycle. In fact, the Aquatic Toxicology study published in 2017 by the University of Coruña, demonstrates the harmful effects of triclosan on green algae and the ecosystem to which they belong to. In turn, since all life on earth depends on the natural and resources provided by rivers and seas, the affectation becomes a global problem, although in a very subtle way.
At Casa Divina Lodge and SabinaTour Operator we do our best to maintain a reciprocal relationship with our surrounding, recognizing the wonderful and irreplaceable resources it provides us and taking clear and firm actions to protect and conserve it. Among these actions, the use of biodegradable cleaning and personal care products, from detergents, disinfectants and soaps, to shampoo, conditioner or mosquito repellent is one of the most important ones. In this way, we ensure that the wastewater that leaves our natural reserve is respectful of human and environmental health, and that our collaborators work with products that do not harm them in any way.
Actually, the lab that supplies all of our cleaning and personal care products visited our natural reserve to carry out a water treatment study. Based on it, the could develop high quality biodegradable products, some of which are not only used but also for sale at Casa Divina Lodge. So during your visit to our ecolodge, be sure to enjoy our unique shampoo made of biodegradable surfactants, aloe vera and seaweed extracts, and silk protein; and our wonderful conditioner containing sunflowers and almond oils.
For us, being an ecotourism or sustainable tourism company goes beyond being located in a natural setting. The real ecotourism is one that is responsible for preserving its area of influence and promoting respect and conservation, through active environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. When visiting us in Mindo, Ecuador, you will find a clean and peaceful space, where respect for the Chocó Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve is paramount!
Learn more about our Conservation Practices here.
We invite you to do your part and seize the surprisingly creative options that are available nowadays, both in regular supermarkets as in alternative markets and webshops. By preferring small business products, you will also contribute to building a more equitable society, in which national (regional, local) production has a place.
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