First vote of the EU Parliament to restrict phosphates in dishwashing detergents
Sergey Moroz, Freshwater Policy Officer at WWF European Policy Office said:
“Detergents with high concentrations of phosphates, whilst making our dishes shiny, contribute to a massive growth of algae in our rivers, lakes and seas, that cause the rapid dying out of all living water organisms like fish, and other water life. This has transformed vast areas of the Baltic and Black Seas into dead zones.”
"Phosphate-free detergents already exist and are widely used in many Member States. They are effective and less polluting. A Pan-European restriction on phosphates in both laundry and dishwashing detergents would not only benefit the environment, but it will create a level-playing field for manufacturers and reduce waste water treatment costs in the order of 10 to 693 million euros per year".