In fact, May 23 is "World Turtle Day", which was initiated by the American Tortoise Rescue in 2000, calling on people to reduce the use of plastic products, chaos in their lives. Behaviors such as throwing garbage and destroying habitats have aroused the global awareness of sea turtle protection. In addition to focusing on sea turtle restoration, they have gradually become aware of the importance of marine conservation.
So in any case, as long as we reduce the use of plastics or chemicals that pollute the ocean, we can help the turtles! The recorded long-lived tortoise is from the Seychelles Islands, belonging to the Aldabra giant tortoise. It is the second largest continental tortoise in the world. It was named Adveta. In 1875, it was sent to the zoo to raise and lived until 2006. passed away at the age of 256.
"It turns out that our daily necessities are all "ocean killers"? 》
The use of most hand sanitizers , shampoos and detergents in our daily life will affect the marine ecology, and the use of plastic products and chemicals is the "murderer" of turtles and marine life.
If you look closely at the ingredient lists of commercially available shampoos, hand sanitizers, and cleansers , you may see "environmentally unfriendly ingredients."
Many manufacturers only consider cleanliness and whether to minimize costs when designing formulas, and do not further consider the impact of ingredients on the natural environment. What if these ingredients were dumped into the ocean with a bath?
Common cleaning product ingredients:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Laureth Sulfate/Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate
Abbreviated as SLS/SLES, these two ingredients are very common cleaning ingredients, not only are often added to shampoos, but also used in facial cleansers and shower gels . However, in the process of SLES, a by-product 1,4 Dioxane (dioxane) will appear, which is not easy to be decomposed by biological organisms, which is easy to cause a large burden on the environment, and also has the potential to cause cancer. Therefore, the use of SLS/SLES-free hand sanitizer and SLS/SLES-free body wash can effectively prevent carcinogenic substances from remaining in the human body, and will not burden the environment
Nonylphenol, NP Nonylphenol
Nonylphenol is an environmental hormone and is a common surfactant in laundry products . Due to its low water solubility, it is not easy to be decomposed by microorganisms, so it is easy to remain in the air, rivers, groundwater and soil. Natural detergents that do not contain nonylphenol are selected, which will not harm the reproductive system of aquatic organisms and will not destroy their hormones. Balance, in the long run, can save the entire ecological balance.
Paraben is one of the commonly used preservatives. All suffixes-Paraben are considered to be related to environmental hormones. In recent years, many EU countries have announced the ban of the following four Paraben-based preservatives, including Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Benzylparaben, to avoid human activities damage coral reefs and underwater ecology.
Paraben can interfere with the endocrine and reproductive systems of the human body. More studies have pointed out that Paraben is contained in the cells of breast cancer patients, and the discharge into water also affects organisms – even a small amount of discharge will cause a certain degree of damage to the natural ecology over time. However, the reason why it is controversial is that many cosmetic companies have cited the FDA's statement that this substance is a safe cosmetic ingredient. However, an earlier report by the Consumer Council showed that many expensive moisturizing essences contain a large amount of Paraben. True or false, if we use Paraben-free hand sanitizers , shower gels , and even cleansers in our daily lives, we will not only feel at ease but also will not become the "main culprit" of ocean pollution.
References Taiwan Environmental Protection Agency, INNAORGANIC, Nownews