***Colgate*** would love to attract us with its "Keep the pump. Switch the base." tactics. *Oh, let's have the flowered base today. No... maybe the dark blue base would look better. Well... maybe this one... * Buy into **Softsoap Ensembles Liquid Hand Soap System** and bring on even more ecological waste.* * "Accessorize your sink with a twist," ***Colgarte*** enthuses as it drops another great marshmallow of a product *enhancement* on an overcrowded market. "Simply select from a range of stylish... **Ensembles** hand soap pumps (with disposable base).... ... when you want a new look for kitchen or bathroom... keep the re-usable pump and switch the base." So... let's see. ***Colgate*** makes fewer pumps (good deal for them), offers soap bases which "cannot be refilled" (more money for ***Colgate***, more plastic at the dump), and charges us more for the same **Softsoap** we purchase in the regular bottle (which can be refilled from either the cost-and-eco-effective 40-ounce or one-gallon refill containers). Are we chumps or what? Naturally the **Ensembles** containers "are coded for recycling". Well! That should make those of us who are earth-conscious feel better. ***Unless*** we live in Houston, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City* or other cities where less than 10% of trash is recycled. Or near the oceans where "More than 46,000 pieces of plastic debris float on each square mile of" water.** Although the **Softsoap** product inside is excellent, the **Ensembles** idea begs us to say "yes" when we *should* answer with a resounding "No way!" # # # # # * Facts from the article "Recycling? Fuhgeddaboudit" by Susan Burton in the May-June issue of *Mother Jones Magazine*. ** Facts detailed in Bill McKibben's excellent "Waste Not Want Not" in the same issue of *Mother Jones*.
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