Daily baths harm environment
Fri Mar 26, 2010 03:34
Peta activists in a ‘shower protest’, in Vancouver
It is very much essential to have daily baths and showers, but by doing so we are polluting water supplies, partly due to the increasing usage of toiletries, a new research has claimed.
Earlier it was believed that sewage is the source of chemical pollution after researchers found substances from prescription drugs, shampoos, gels and other skin products in water supplies.
Scientists have also found traces of the active ingredients of birth control pills, antidepressants, and scores of other drugs in waterways. Some end up in drinking water — at extremely low, trace levels. But the new research at the US Environment Protection Agency suggests that waste from showers and baths should also be looked at.
Ilene Ruhoy, who co-authored the study, said that scientists have long known that bathrooms are a portal for release of APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) into the environment. “We’ve long assumed that the active ingredients from medications enter the environment as a result of their excretion via urine and feces,” the scientist said. “However, for the first time, we have identified potential alternative routes for the entry into the environment by way of bathing, showering, and laundering”.
“These routes may be important for certain APIs found in medications that are applied topically, which means to the skin. They include creams, lotions, ointments, gels, and skin patches”, Ruhoy said.
Ruhoy and her team identified this potential new source of APIs through a review of hundreds of scientific studies on the metabolism and use of medications. They focused on APIs in medications that are applied to the skin or excreted from the body via sweat glands.
Some APIs enter the environment in a form that may have greater impact than those released in feces and urine, they said.
Fri Mar 26, 2010 09:46
May be we would use coal to clean our teeth in coming future...LOL
Fri Mar 26, 2010 19:33
u minge emu get in bath u meth who cares bowt envirwatsit if my balls smell(often!!) theyre gettin washed along with the rest of my fine specimen of masculinity!!!!!
lol emu you stinky fish ..!
you are smelling like the hell
do you want to save waters for dogs in your streets