EU detergents rules have 'positive impact' on environment

EU rules on detergent products have significantly reduced their impact on the environment, a European Commission report concludes

Only detergents that break down into CO2, water and biomass can be placed on the EU market, and legal limits have reduced the amount of phosphates released into the environment, the European Commission has concluded after its first review of the 2004 Detergents Regulation.

Phosphorus limits added to the legislation in 2012 meant an estimated 30% of washing powders and liquids, and 95% of dishwasher detergents, had to be reformulated, equating to a reduction of around 55,000 tonnes of phosphorus across the EU, the EU executive said.

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