Bumwear is proud to be the sole distributor of Country Save in Singapore. It has been loved by moms in USA since 1977 and it is also the only available detergent in Singapore that has been awarded the Design for the Environment Award" by United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Finally, a detergent that you can use for baby clothes, high-performance sports attire and for the rest of the family!
At 2.2kg a box, the High Efficiency (HE) formulation will allow for 80 loads of laundry if you are using a front-loader (horizontal axis) washing machine. That's S$0.3725 per wash. If you take advantage of our buy-4-and-get-1-free offer, the cost drops to below S$0.30 per wash!
Country Save low residue detergent was specially designed so that chemical residues do not remain on the clothing after they get washed. This low residue formula will allow:
- specialized sporting/technical attires to function as designed, without reaction to left-over chemical residue
- high solubility – items can be hand wash and/or wash in cold water (no necessity to use warm water)
- people who have sensitive skin won't react with the chemical residues on clothing when they perspire
- offer protection to babies who have very tender skins
Country Save contains no Enzymes, dyes, fabric softeners, perfumes or optical brighteners.
Residue comes from anything in the detergent that will not rinse out of your clothes when washed. Fragrance and brightening agents are two perfect examples. If the laundry smells like detergent, it is covered in a film of fragrance residue, likewise if laundry glows brightly under a black light; it is covered in a film of UV (ultraviolet) brightener or brightening agent known as optical brighteners. These residues can cause severe skin irritations in many people with sensitive skin. Another problem is that they also cause the fabric to stiffen when it dries. Fabric softener is then used to lubricate the fibers in order to make the fabric move freely again, however, although it takes care of the stiff fabric, it only piles more irritants on the clothing.
For sporting people, the low residue leftovers allow the fabric material to “breathe” better, and can wick sweat better, In addition, the detergent residue is potentially very harmful in athletic or active wear when it is worn pressed tightly against the skin like certain compression attires do. Some regions of the body can be the most sensitive and have the worst reactions. When perspiration contacts the residue-covered fabric it reactivates the chemicals and they begin to irritate the skin. This is one reason that exercise for some people, has been known to cause eczema onsets.
Coupled with the zero-phosphate formulation, this detergent becomes a true friend to the environment. Phosphates have longed been known to contribute to eutrophication of waterways.
Phosphates (phosphorus with oxygen bindings) is an essential element in all living things, without which we would not be alive. Bacteria and other micro-organisms need them to order to grow and multiply, as such it is often regarded as THE limiting nutrient in biological life forms. Phosphorus is very reactive and is easily combined with other elements and usually become a nitrogenous compound. They are easily taken in by bacteria and other micro-organisms before others can and there will never be enough phosphates for bacteria; the more there is the more bacteria and other organisms there will be. While this productivity isn't entirely a bad thing in an open system such as the oceans, it matters when it concerns waterways and reservoirs that are 'closed' systems, where waters are recycled for reuse or in places where there is a thriving habitat for animals. Phosphates in waste detergent water will lead to a rapid increase of plant bacteria, which in turn the waterways to become starved of oxygen causing these animals to die, which it turn to contribute to further pollution of water bodies.
Excess phosphates are also taken up by Phytoplankton, which are tiny plant microorganisms, and algae. When excessive amounts of algae are present, waterways can become contaminated with toxins that algae produce, which causes a host of ecological and human health problems including undesirable water quality, poor taste, and odors in drinking water. In countries, where water is recycled, like in Singapore, these issues should be taken seriously considering that we recycle our water - the more phosphates there are, the more costly the recycling process becomes.
" With the completion of the Marina, Punggol, and Serangoon reservoirs, we now have 17 reservoirs, and two-thirds of Singapore is now part of our water catchment. We intend to continue expanding the water catchment area to cover more of the island. To enable this, we must keep our land, waterways, and reservoirs clean. Any pollution of the sources, pathways, and receptacles of water in any of our catchments areas will make the water more difficult and costly to treat. As such, a pre-emptive approach to controlling pollution is necessary." - Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, the then Minister for the Environment and Water Resources on the Amendments to Public Utilities, Sewerage & Drainage Bill, Singapore Parliamentary Meeting, 9 April 2012. ** (Please note that this is not to be taken as an endorsement by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources of the product.)
Phosphates compounds, a common and inexpensive ingredient found in many detergents, are now banned in many states in the USA, in many European countries, and in Australia from 2014 onwards. Phosphates compounds are often insoluble and the residue leftovers are easily filtered out, as detergent residue on clothing. These are the same residue that causes a smell, or the wearer to itch, especially when the items come in contact with some moisture – bacteria action results.