Are liquid hand sanitizers bad for the environment?



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    Sometimes it is necessary to have germ-free hands, but the problem is that many people over-use their hand sanitizers. When you use any antibacterial enough, you are wiping out all but the toughest bacteria, those that are invulnerable to your sanitizer. In effect, you are naturally selecting for tougher bacteria. Over time, these are the individuals that reproduce, and we get a lot more resistant strains floating around. That’s bad for us, and many other species. But it’s good for the bacteria, so it depends what view you take.

    Hand sanitizers are also mass manufactured and shipped all over the country, so they have the same large carbon footprint that most brand-name products do, and, depending on the brand, can have harsh chemicals.

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