Good morning friends. Many loves to bath, specially kids. They bath while they are playing.
They like to see the water splashing. But did you know that daily baths harm environment?
It is very much essential to have daily baths and showers, but by doing so we are polluting water supplies, partly due to the increasing usage of toiletries.
It was believed that sewage is the source of chemical pollution. Researchers found substances from prescription drugs, shampoos, gels and other skin products in water supplies. Scientists have also found traces of the active ingredients of birth control pills, antidepressants, and scores of other drugs in waterways. Some end up in drinking water — at extremely low, trace levels.
A study done by co-author Ilene Ruhoy, said that scientists have long known that bathrooms are a portal for release of APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) into the environment. The scientist said the active ingredients from medications enter the environment as a result of their excretion via urine and feces. However, for the first time, they have identified potential alternative routes for the entry into the environment by way of bathing, showering, and laundering”.
These routes may be important for certain APIs found in medications that are applied topically, which means to the skin. They include creams, lotions, ointments, gels, and skin patches, Ruhoy said.
Ruhoy and her team identified this potential new source of APIs through a review of hundreds of scientific studies on the metabolism and use of medications. They focused on APIs in medications that are applied to the skin or excreted from the body via sweat glands.
Some APIs enter the environment in a form that may have greater impact than those released in feces and urine, they said.