Laundry Pod Environmental Impact

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Laundry Pod Environmental Impact

Presented below are examples of academic and highly credible reports and articles on the environmental effect of laundry pods. Most of the reports uncovered focus on more than one type of detergent form, with few reports providing in-depth ecological impact information. The studies fall into three categories focusing on liquid detergents, powdered detergents, and single-use pods.

I. Articles/Studies About the Impact of Liquid Laundry Detergents

Effect of Detergents from Laundry Greywater on Soil Properties: a Preliminary Study

Washing Laundry May Be an Underappreciated Source of Microplastic Pollution

Laundry Detergents

Environmental Considerations with Laundry Detergent

II. Articles/Studies About the Impact of Powdered Laundry Detergents

The Contribution of the Type of Detergent to Domestic Laundry Greywater Composition and Its Effect on Treatment Performance

The Impact of the Use of Detergents in the Life

The impact of Detergents on The environment

Environmental Implications

  • Published by Detergents and Soaps, the report titled "Environmental Implications" details the harmful effects of soaps and detergents, including powdered detergents.
  • For instance, the manufacture of detergents causes environmental challenges such as dust control and volatile organic emissions., which are critical environmental concerns in the manufacturing of soaps and detergents.
  • Overall, the report focuses on the high levels of dust present during the production and transportation of bulky powdered detergents.

III. Articles/Studies About the Impact of Single-Use Pods

Detergent Pods are Handy, but Can I Use Them with a Clean Conscience?

Translating our Science: About Water-Soluble Film

Daily Footprint, #27 — Laundry Detergent, Part 1: Revenge of the Pods

Polymers Used in U.S. Household Cleaning Products: Assessment of Data Availability for Ecological Risk Assessment

Research Methodology

Extensive searches through electronic literature and databases, academic libraries, science and research websites, medical organization reports, consumer reports, household laundry manufacturer's reports, and articles and reports published by credible sources presented a wealth of information on the environmental impact of household detergents. It turned out that most reports we checked focused on both detergents, i.e., liquid and powdered, as opposed to one form of detergent. In this regard, the majority of the reports contained information on both the effects of liquid and powdered detergents. We also had to examine reports that focus on the overall environmental impact of detergents to handpick the negative impact that stems from powdered, liquid, or single-use pods. Academic reports on the same appear to come from many years ago; therefore, we chose to stick with reports published in recent times, since they feature the latest information, which is relevant to today's cleaning products.

For single-use pods, we found out that since the topic resonates with recent developments in the industry, its information is readily available and well documented. Thus, we had no issues finding details specific to single-use pods. Information on powdered and liquid detergents appeared scattered throughout articles talking about the environmental impact of detergents. That could be because the environmental impact of either liquid or powdered detergents appear the same since both detergent forms contain similar chemical compounds. Overall, the three categories above feature four credible articles with details on the environmental impact of household cleaning liquids, powders, and single-use pods.
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