What are phosphates and what’s the problem with using them?

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2016 10:45AM PST
A phosphate is a molecule that’s often added to detergents to soften water so that the surfactants can clean better. One phosphate isn’t bad, but when they travel in masses to our lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, algae feast on them and eventually die. Then bacteria comes in, feasts on the dead algae while using up all the oxygen in the water. No oxygen, of course, means life cannot survive. That’s very scary… and it’s why we don’t use phosphates in any of our products.

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