Last week on the Green Conscience blog, we discussed some of the harsh chemicals that are found in mass produced products, and the way in which they effect us when released into our environment, usually through off-gassing or consumption. Today, I'd like to shine a little light on one of the more egregious chemicals found in bath and cosmetic products, namely, sulfates.
Sulfates are commonly occurring ionic salts, mostly derived from sulfuric acid. They have a wide variety of industrial applications, and can be found in differing forms in applications as diverse as construction materials and home health products. The natural mineral form of hydrated calcium sulfate is gypsum, used to make the plaster in drywall. Iron sulfate is found in mineral supplements designed for both humans and animals, while copper sulfate can be used to kill algae. Epsom salts are a common form of magnesium sulfate, and lead sulfate is used in car batteries.
Hi! I'm Karen Totino, owner of Green Conscience Home. I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of our posts, so comment away! One of my goals is to get the community discussing some of these eco topics, and hopefully help each other out!