PnP Green Dishwashing Liquid

 About R20-00 per 500ml

This is a new Green dishwashing liquid from PnP. The older products that they used to sell, seem to have disappeared from the shelves, and are now being replaced with these. It’s a pity because I really liked the last ones, and they worked so well.

Anyway, times do change and now we have this one. So according to the label on the bottle it states:

‘Naturally derived surfactants from a renewable, sustainable source. Plant derived actives. Minimised impact on the aquatic environment. Ultimate biodegradability’.

‘Ultimate biodegradability as per OECD 310B’

It does contain, in a list of other unexplainable ingredients, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate!

So just what does all that mean. Well I googled OECD 310B and eventually came up with some scientific type of site/paper that didn’t seem to explain anything to me. I also would like to know when I am buying a product just how environmentally sound it is, and not have to resort to google. So as far as the biodegradability of the product is concerned, I am none the wiser.

The back of the bottle also states:

‘The PnP Green range bottle are made from 95% post-consumer recycled materials. The labels are constructed using certified biodegradable substrate adhesive and solvent free inks’

I guess this is a postive but still doesn’t tell me what I’m putting in my mouth or down my drain.

Another area of concern was the suggestion that if ingested to drink milk or phone the Poison Information Centre. Is this because it is poison or does this statement just cover them in case of a lawsuit?

My final conclusion on this product is that, while it did clean my dishes, is it any better than the cheaper ones on the shelf? Personally I would rather support someone else here.

In the mean time have a look at PicknPay’s sustainable report and see what you think. In fact if you shop from Pick n Pay at all, and care for the environment, take a few minutes and she what you are supporting.

PS. I have written to PicknPay. I will let you know if I get a response.

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