Soap & detergents
experiment sets

SEPAWA to present another 630 soap and detergent experiment sets to secondary schools starting July 1, 2016.

The concept of “sustainability” describes an idea of socioeconomic development—local, regional and global—that is based on the conservation of resources. This concept is often represented by the so-called “three pillars of sustainability.” According to Andres R. Edwards, the pillars are ecology, economy and equity, with equity representing social factors. In this context, Edwards speaks of a fourth “E,” which stands for “education.” Education is an indispensable prerequisite for the sustainable use of cosmetics, detergents and cleaning products. To raise awareness of the fundamentals in this area, the SEPAWA Legislative/Environmental/Consumer [LEC] expert group worked with educators to use existing concepts to develop SEPAWA “soap and detergent” experiment sets. To mark the 60th SEPAWA Congress, 600 of these experiment sets were donated to schools. Now that these sets have run out, SEPAWA will use the occasion of the 63rd SEPAWA Congress to donate a further 630 experiment sets; as before, the schools will have to cover only delivery costs.

To request an experiment set, please go to the German SEPAWA Website at Schulen / Experimentierset Seifen & Waschmittel. Many empirical studies have shown that students perceive science education as more positive and interesting if (1) there is opportunity for practical work as often as possible and (2) lessons relate to everyday experience. Thus, contemporary science education should include independent experimentation, which will help students to “understand” chemistry. Engaged and well-educated students are more likely to become responsible consumers, who are able to use products safely, efficiently and—in the true sense of the word—sustainably.
In this respect, the promotion of further and continuing education in science and technology is in SEPAWA’s best interests and represents one of the association’s long-term objectives.

The following companies, which contributed to the success of this initiative by donating chemicals, deserve special thanks:

BASF SE, Carl-Bosch-Straße 38, 67056 Ludwigshafen

Brenntag Holding GmbH, Stinnes-Platz 1, 45472 Mülheim an der Ruhr

Clariant Produkte Deutschland GmbH, Brüningstraße 50, 65929 Frankfurt am Main

Clariant Products (Switzerland) Ltd., Rothausstrasse 61, CH-4132 Muttenz

Dreiring Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Hentrichstraße 17, 47809 Krefeld

Evonik Treibacher Persalze GmbH, Rodenbacher Chaussee 4, 63457 Hanau

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Henkelstraße 67, 40589 Düsseldorf

Novozymes A/S, Krogshoejvej 36, DK-2880 Bagsvaerd

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