Charity number: 1120725
What can we do to help?
Every householder can easily help to make a difference - phosphates used in domestic cleaning products account for nearly a fifth of the phosphate in our waste water.
So some selective shopping can prevent this chemical being discharged into our rivers.
Many cleaning products have a high phosphate content, despite changes in legislation to reduce levels in laundry detergent. Dishwasher detergents are a particular culprit with some containing over a third by weight, but low-phosphate alternatives are available – aim for those containing 5% or less.
The good news is that some manufacturers don’t use phosphate at all – so switching to brands like Ecover, Planet Clean or Faith in Nature can protect our local rivers from this damaging and rather unnecessary pollutant.