The misconception that bleach is not biodegradable comes from the fact that it reacts with organic material in drinking water treatment (and I presume in cleaning as well) to form chlorinated organic byproducts that are not as easily degraded. The Environmental Protection Agency lists the common byproducts that are formed when chlorine interacts with organic compounds. I would think the list would be similar for byproducts created when bleach was used to clean.
Further, it is an object of the invention to provide improved detergent formulations containing the biodegradable nonphosphorus-containing bleach stabilizers of the invention.
– Is color safe, non-toxic, biodegradable, phosphate-free, safe for septic systems and is not tested on animals. Consists of natural oxygen safe bleach, oxygen bleach stabilizer, deionized water.
Ecover Non-Chlorine Bleach – No chlorine or optical brighteners, completely biodegradable, not tested on animals and is even approved by the Vegan Society. Consists of 100% percarbonate, which is composed of salt, limestone and oxygenated water.