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Surprise: Your cleaning supplies are full of fossil fuel-based ingredients

1 Sep 2020

As part of its plan to lower its footprint, Unilever is removing petrochemicals from its home cleaning products.

Benzene, a chemical found in crude oil, might also be in your laundry detergent (you might miss it—it’s often in the form of somewhat unpronounceable ingredients such as sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate). Other petrochemicals are also commonly used to make similar products. But Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, now plans to transition the ingredients in its line of home cleaning products—including dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent—completely away from fossil-fuel-based carbon.


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