Splosh concentrates are classified under The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009 (SI 716) and attract certain Hazard Symbols, Risk and Safety Phrases which we are required to print on our Refill Boxes and our website.
Safe to use?
Splosh products are perfectly safe to handle and use in your home provided you follow our instructions carefully. Here’s why. Unlike every other home care company, Splosh products come in two forms – as concentrates in sachets and in diluted usable form in bottles. When they are diluted in bottles with tap water, the hazard profile of our products is very similar to other eco products you see for sale on supermarket shelves.
When they are concentrated they have almost no water in them, and so their hazard classification changes. Although a concentrated product represents more of a potential hazard than a less concentrated one, we were determined to take as much water out as possible – because of the enormous environmental benefits in reducing transport CO2 emissions.
To make them safe to handle and to minimise their risk in use, we encased our concentrates in a material called PVOH. This is similar to the material that is used for liquid laundry tabs. As there is no need to cut or tear them, the PVOH sachets prevent your hands from coming into direct contact with the concentrates. Our sachets are robust and are pressure tested to 65psi at time of manufacture. We have also laboratory tested them using many different methods over many weeks to ensure they are both stable and safe to use in a wide variety of conditions.
Our postal boxes are very strong too. The refill boxes are double layered and include a sealed compartmented waterproof tray inside a glued box. Externally they are strapped in tough tape that can only be removed by scissors. We endlessly drop test them – it’s not very scientific, you just keep dropping the box on concrete from a metre up and see how it copes.
All this means that sachet breakage or damage is extremely unlikely but, if it does happen, you should dispose of the sachet and its contents safely before use. Please also remember that PVOH is a soluble material and so we recommend you handle the sachets with dry hands and you keep them stored in a dry place. As with all cleaning products it is also important to keep them away from children.
Harming aquatic organisms?
On the packaging of some of our concentrate sachets you will see this risk phrase - Harmful to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment.
If Splosh is an eco-brand, how come we’re harming the environment? The above statement is typically caused by natural essential oils being in the formulation. Essential oils from oranges and lemons are good examples, as they don’t break down rapidly or readily when back out in the environment. If you’ve ever put orange peel in your compost you’ll know what we’re talking about. The irony is, had we used synthetic instead of natural fragrances, then there would have been no need to print the risk phrase.
Once our concentrate sachets are diluted and used at home, the percentage of essential oils decreases, and the so this risk phrase no longer applies. By the time our products go down your plug hole, they are so diluted as to be no risk to the environment at all.