Water pollution is one of the global problems that we must avoid due to the consequences it has on several levels. This is a problem that is caused by several sources of pollution and, consequently, impacts the aquatic environment.

Protecting marine life is one of the points of the Sustainable Development Goals and we will continue to explain how EcoX Pro relates to some of the topics that allow us to achieve these same goals.

What actually is water pollution? What are the types of pollution and how to avoid it? How can we protect the aquatic environment and how does EcoX Pro make a difference in this regard? Come and find out all the answers.

Water pollution

Water pollution, according to the organization World Wide Fund for Nature , occurs when certain toxic substances come into contact with water sources and dissolve in them, which ends up harming water quality.

In addition to having negative impacts on the aquatic environment, the organization argues that these pollutants also reach groundwater, which means that the water in our homes can become contaminated.

Types and causes of water pollution

There are three types of water pollution such as chemical, physical and biological pollution that derive from various sources of pollution. The main causes of pollution of this natural resource, mentioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council , are:

  • Agriculture: is one of the sectors that contributes to this pollution due to the use of fertilizers, pesticides and other waste
  • Sewage and wastewater: all our waste can affect water quality when it is not properly treated
  • Impact of oil: this residue is also responsible for polluting water
  • Radioactive substances: these residues can persist in the environment for thousands of years and, when incorrectly disposed of, can affect groundwater, surface water and aquatic environments

What are the consequences?

All these activities or actions have consequences for our health as well as the environment.

Water contamination can lead to several deaths and also the emergence of diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid fever and polio, according to the World Health Organization.

Globally, around 2 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feces – World Health Organization

In environmental terms, there may be eutrophication of water and an increase in the death of several species due to the concentration of chemicals. Solid waste, such as plastic, also has a negative impact on this aquatic environment.

Furthermore, a shortage of drinking water could be a reality in just a few years.

By 2025, half of the world's population will be living in areas with water scarcity - World Health Organization

Chart on “Long-term global freshwater use”

EcoX Pro prevents water pollution

One of the purposes of point 14 of the Sustainable Development objectives – Protecting Marine Life – is precisely to prevent and reduce marine pollution of all types. Furthermore, regulating the extraction of resources is another aim of this point.

40% of the ocean is affected by pollution, fishing, loss of coastal habitats and other human activities – United Nations Development Program

One of the ways to avoid water pollution is the correct recycling of an abundant waste in Portugal that can have negative effects on several levels: used cooking oil.

Oil and water do not mix, which means that, in the aquatic environment, the layer of oil formed on the water hinders the entry of light and oxygen. This is a problem that can lead to the death of several marine species.

And what can we do to reduce water pollution without stopping using cooking oil? We can recycle this waste by putting it in oil, but the best way is to transform it into a basic necessity product.

EcoX, through a differentiating formula, uses used cooking oil to transform it into ecological detergents that are biodegradable in two phases: 60% occurs in less than 24 hours and 40% decomposes within a few days after use.

To respond to the various institutions that produce this waste in large quantities, EcoX Pro is dedicated to the professional sector, which not only allows the collection of this waste for processing but also provides competitive discounts on cleaning products.