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Post: #54741 Muddypause
Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:57 pm

I asked at the organic market tonight why they don't stock Ecover anymore. As far as I can remember (and as far as I think I understood), it went something like this:

1) The enzymes in Ecover are produced using microbes that are the result of genetic modification (there are no GM things in Ecover, but the stuff in it is produced by things that are GMed).

2) They don't have any real 'cut-off' date for animal testing. That is to say, many 'ethical' companies abide by some agreement whereby they say they will not use anything that has been tested on animals after a specified date. Ecover have a sort of 'rolling date', where they only say they won't use stuff that has been tested on animals within the last so many years.

3) Something about milk product being used in their products, which would be a concern to unwitting vegan customers.

4) Although the company used to be owned by Group 4, it was recently sold to a private individual - who just happens to be the major shareholder in Group 4...

Now, I can't vouch that any of this is actual fact, and would hate to think I was perpetuating unfounded romour, but this is what I was told (I think) in a rather befuddled conversation whilst I was weighing out me dried figs. As ever, do your own research.
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Post: #54834 the.fee.fairy
Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:25 pm

I shall have to e-mail them and ask them about that too.

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Post: #57441 catalyst
Tue May 15, 2007 1:45 pm

Bio-d is UK - somewhere up near Hull.
the problem with all these products is that they still contain nasties like sodium lauryl sulphate.
dont know what the solution is, we have tried soap nuts, but also dont like the air miles.
perhaps they would grow here (portugal) and i'd be willing to send surplus nuts to anyone for the price of P&P. anyone got any seeds, didnt see any in mine!

when we arrived here 4 years ago, almost all detergents were biodegradable. now, they are hard to find, and expensive - i guess manufacturers realised they could ask for a premium price.

think i ought to get out our book on making natural soap :)

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Post: #57542 Cassiepod
Wed May 16, 2007 12:31 pm

Following on from my post on the glyphosate question, can I just point out that 'natural soaps' may be just as persistent in the environment as commercially made ones.

All detergents are now required by law to have their biodegradability demonstrated (EU Detergents directive). The wisest move would be to find out (not sure where from but could follow it up) which detergents are the most readily biodegradable (ie persist the least in the enviroment) and ensure that these are the ones we use (whilst still keeping an eye on the impact of their production and the distance they've had to travel)

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Post: #66404 Peggy Sue
Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:52 pm

I have just tried soapnuts- at least the four the dog didn't eat before I got to the post. They seemed just the same as any other washing powder

BUT, I don't get truely muddy often, and if I do it has never seemed to matter what clever power I use it doesn't come out. I tried using half powder and lower temperatures this year and it's much the same.

Soapnut are alos much the same, but there are soem things I don't think it's worth using detergent with- my oldest dirties coat I wear for the horse (gets really dirty int eh winter). This I always wash in just water- and the results seem no different.

Question is do we really need anything at all with our washing unless the stains have to come out- then it has to be vanish!!

not sure if anyone is still on this thread so I amy be talking to myself here :oops:
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Post: #66527 Thomzo
Thu Jul 26, 2007 8:26 pm

Hi Peggy Sue
Well, I've certainly cut down on the amount of powder that I use. I think greasy stuff needs a detergent to get it out.

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Post: #66529 Meredith
Thu Jul 26, 2007 8:38 pm

Well, I find that only half the recommended amount of detergent is needed to clean the clothes, that the first step in reducing what you use.

Other than that I have a grading system depending what I'm washing. I have Eco balls for things that need no more than just freshening up, next level I use soapnuts. I use Ecover for the dirty stuff and if something is really mucky I resort to Daz. We have a septic tank so I have to be very careful what goes into it.
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Post: #66556 possum
Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:12 am

going back to soap nuts, does anyone know of an importer to New Zealand, I would love to get some and try growing them, but I can't find any company selling them.
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Post: #66560 rag_grrl_nz
Fri Jul 27, 2007 3:57 am

possum wrote:going back to soap nuts, does anyone know of an importer to New Zealand, I would love to get some and try growing them, but I can't find any company selling them.

Yeah I haven't heard of any either.
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Post: #66630 Cornelian
Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:05 pm

there is an Australian site selling them - http://www.soapinanutshell.com.au/

they will deliver to NZ - just ask them re postage costs.

I LOVE soapnuts!! they get all the mud out of my dirtiest gardening clothes, as well as grease etc. :)
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Post: #66846 possum
Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:16 pm

Cornelian wrote:there is an Australian site selling them - http://www.soapinanutshell.com.au/

they will deliver to NZ - just ask them re postage costs.

I LOVE soapnuts!! they get all the mud out of my dirtiest gardening clothes, as well as grease etc. :)


YAY!!! thank you so much for that, have emailed them for postage costs.
If I get any seeds I am going to try growing them here.
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Post: #73616 maryrose
Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:22 pm

Talking of getting soapnuts to New Zealand, I found a really informative site by chance. http://www.stopforbreath.co.uk. They'll ship all round the world apparently. I also get my soapnuts from them. Best price around and always good quality. Wouldn't use anything else on all the nappies I get through in a day - well - not me personally!

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Post: #97937 blondiegreen
Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:18 am

This website sells soapnuts internationally.

http://stores.HotterThanHealth.com/storefront.bok

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Post: #98560 hedgewitch
Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:39 pm

I'm just waiting for a freebie in the post.

Silver Ether gave me the heads up on this link
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Just the price of a 48p stamp and you can get a free sample.

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Post: #98572 Mirrie
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:27 pm

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