As we go about our daily lives, washing, moisturising, shaving and shampooing ourselves, spare a thought to what happens to all of those personal care products as they gurgle their way down the drain.
In an ongoing study, researchers from several nations have raised concerns that our need to look good and stay clean is having a not so good impact on the environment.
All of the chemicals and plastics used in the personal care products and fragrances that we liberally splash about our bodies, eventually make their way into the water ways… The research has shown.
During the past 20 years, researchers and regulators have been particularly concerned about the potential effects of chemicals used in personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and the possible risks posed by these products to people and the environment.
A major international review, headed by scientists from the University of York, attempted to understand the effects of personal care products like perfumes, soaps, cosmetics, deodorants and toothpastes (PPCPs) and also the impact of pharmaceuticals on the natural ecology.
After using these products, these substances are usually introduced into the sewer system, from where they reach the soils, aquifers and rivers. In fact, numerous PPCPs have been found to be present in the environment throughout the globe. Although the concentration of these substances is low, several people have been concerned that such substances can impact the environment and could also reach into drinking water supplies and this scenario may result from the biological activity of these substances.
Scientists from the Environment Department of the University of York are working with industry, government and academic colleagues in Canada, USA, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Argentina and South Korea and they have found out the major problems related to the impact on environment and human so that future resources will be targeted on primary areas. The study has appeared in Environmental Health Perspectives.