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Cleaning up my act

Ellen Tout experiments with home-made and environmentally friendly household detergents to see if she can come clean
ILLUSTRATION: NAOMI WILKINSON. *GREENPEACE, 2019

A truckload of plastic – from bottles to microbeads – enters the ocean every minute.* During beach cleans, I’ve found everything from sponges to old bottles of bleach. I’ve greatly reduced the plastic I use but feel unsure where to start with household cleaning products. On top of their plastic, closer inspection reveals a list of ingredients I’ve never heard of – why would I want to splash them around my home and wash them into our waterways?

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