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Dawn Dish Soap

Pretty much everyone has heard of Dawn dish soap and many people use it everyday. Dawn has had an ongoing campaign about saving wildlife with their product. Animals that get trapped in oil spills are not able to clean themselves and Dawn dish soap works really well on getting them clean. Dawn has teamed up with wildlife groups to save these animals. Here’s the catch, they put these cute animals on their bottles saying they are helping the environment but everyone seems to forget that this soap uses harmful chemicals that can cause damage if ingested. Not to mention they also use plastic to bottle their product. They may be saving animals now, but we don’t know the long term effects that this soap can have on them. Some of the chemicals used can lead to skin irritation. This soap is washed away in our drainage systems polluting our water even more. This is an example of greenwashing, they get the label of doing good things with the environment but as much as the more they use this soap the more it hurts. It also puts more money in their pockets because they’re saving animals and being “green”.

As for a solution to this problem its a little difficult because I don’t know much about oil or the chemicals used in this dish soap. The simple solution would be to use less harmful chemicals in making the soap. This may not be possible id those chemicals are what remove the oil and grease the best. The outlandish solution would be to remove all oil centers out of the ocean. I understand that we are able to get a lot of oil that way but the risk of an oil spill is too great. Oil spills can take months to clean and the water is never really the same after that. Wildlife can’t thrive with unclean water. Putting more oil centers on land isn’t the best solution but it could save more animals that way. An even crazier idea would be to get rid of all oil centers and find a renewable resource to use, again I really have no idea what we could do other than to stop using it.

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