Soap is great, a bar of soap is even better
Did you know that soap molecules from a bar of soap literally kills germs?
Apparently, a soap molecule has a ‘fat loving’ tail. And germs, including Covid, have a lipid (fat-like substance) membrane.
Next time you lather soap up on your hands, picture these little soap molecules delight as they go in for the kill. ‘Num, dinner!’
If a membrane is particularly tough, they recruit each other to imprison the germ. Then, as you innocently rinse the soap of your hands, down the drain they go. Brilliant.
After years of a pandemic, we have (or should have) become addicted to washing our hands.
The trouble with that, is that it has massively increased the sale of soap dispensed from plastic bottles.
Our concern is not soap, it is how it is dispensed.
SAD FACT: Worldwide 1 million plastic bottles are bought every second. EEK!
Don’t you think we should do anything that will reduce that appalling statistic.
If you were part of a family of four, and you might go through an average of ten bottles of soap a year,( allowing for those that don’t wash, are too young to wash, or wash a lot), that would be around forty plastic bottles in landfill a year. Now multiply that by a million families, that’s 40 million bottles; ten million families, 400 million bottles a year.
The humble bar of soap
Suddenly a bar of soap starts to shine like a little beacon to landfill-free living.
So why not a return to the humble bar of soap, the one that hasn’t required families of orangutans to lose their home, but been lovingly made by someone with patchouli oil and peace.
Or Min says . . . or make you own bars of soap, buy sustainable products, choose recyclable bottles, because it is the little things we do that matter.