Environmental Benefits of Magchan

 

 

Let’s talk about laundry. We hardly put much thought into things that we do day in and day out, like laundry.

But do you know how exactly laundry detergents work to keep our clothes fresh and clean?

Most commercially available laundry powders and detergents contain chemicals that may negatively impact the environment, or leave behind residue that can cause allergies and irritate the skin.

Eco-friendly detergents, or detergents specifically targeted for people with sensitive skin, can be expensive, and does not overcome the environmental impact of packaging waste.

Magchan contains re-usable magnesium pellets that offer completely residue-free laundry, as contains no other added chemicals. As it can be reused more than 300 times, it helps your household to produce less packaging waste as well.

 

Reduced Environmental Footprint

Here is a list of chemical components that are commonly available in commercial washing detergents:

- Builders

- Fillers

- Bleaching agent

- Enzymes

- Optical brighteners

- Anti-redeposition agents

- Perfume

- Colouring agent.

Some of these additives are designed to make our clothes seem whiter or brighter by absorbing ultraviolet light and emitting blue light, rather than actually doing a good job of cleaning. They might make your clothes smell like roses with the added perfume, masking over the odours remaining on your clothes.

Mg-based laundry is completely free of detergents, and any other potentially toxic chemical additives. It contains only pure magnesium pellets that react with water to create an alkaline solution. To read more about the science behind this, click here.

 

Chemicals in laundry powders and detergents
List of chemicals that are commonly found in laundry detergents

 

Magchan also helps reduce packaging waste. An average family that does washing once a day will purchase 1 container of detergent per month. This adds up to a significant amount of packaging material, leaving negative impacts on the environment.  

Reduce packaging waste with Mg-based laundry
Magchan reduces packaging waste

Magchan keeps your pipes, septic-tank and washing machine clean

For households with a septic tank, repeated use of conventional detergents can cause problems with pipes.

Fillers used in powder detergents can end up choking the drain. This can clog up the septic tank over time.

Other issues occur with spillage or overflow of chemicals into the environment.

Because Magchan does not create any residue, it is septic-tank friendly.

In addition to being earth-friendly, the alkaline solution can actually help clean the washing machine pipes and wastewater system, as shown in the photos below.

Mg-based laundry keeps pipes clean
What does your laundry machine really look like on the inside?
Pipes before and after using Magchan, 100 wash cycles.

Magnesium promotes plant growth

The "dirty water" from doing your laundry with Magchan can actually help your plants get healthier.

The grey water is rich in magnesium, which is an important nutrient for plant growth.

In fact, magnesium is at the centre of the chlorophyll molecule, which helps them capture sunlight and convert it into useful energy for the plant. 

Chlorophyll, the pigment that participates directly in the reaction of photosynthesis, has an Mg atom at its centre.
Adapted from Campbell, Reece, Mitchell, "Biology" (1999).

 

While Magchan continues cleaning your laundry for over 300 washes, at around this stage the volume of magnesium will have decreased slightly, and it is recommended that you replace it to maintain optimal results.

So what do you do with your old Magchan when you’re ready to swap it out with a new one?

This is something users of Magchan love. Simply snip open the pouch and sprinkle the magnesium balls into the soil. Doing so helps nourish plants and contributes to a greener planet!

 

Magnesium is an important nutrient for plants

 

Magchan is good for the Earth, and good for you! In addition to being good for the environment, Magchan also has a number of practical and everyday health benefits. Check out this post to read more about it.

The products are available for purchase online from SakuLab’s online store.

About SakuLab

SakuLab is a company that aims to facilitate the exchange of sustainable solutions (products and technologies) between Japan and New Zealand.

For more information visit: www.sakulab.net