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Biodegradability (Australian Standard AS(AS) 4351.-1996 provides standard test for determining biodegradability). A biodegradable substance is one which is capable of being broken down within 28 days, by chemical, natural or biological processes, into substances not harmful to the environment. Under the AS, biologically soft surfactants are those which break down within 21 days and as much as 80% of these surfactants are able to be broken down. Whereas biologically hard surfactants break down in the same time period but only 50% is achieved. So some labels on cleaning products for example, don’t make this distinction.
Products are able to claim being ‘readily biodegradable’ (e.g. some of the products in Hunter Organics) under AS 4351 for just one of their ingredients, even if it makes up as little as 5% of the total product. Readily (or quickly) Biodegradability does not, in itself, make cleaning products low risk and low harm. So it is important to look for ‘whole product readily biodegradable’ where possible, as this will indicate that ingredients will break down within 28 dys.
Biodegradability is NOT an indicator of whether a detergent contains phosphate, which even after degrading can leave biologically available phosphates which act as nutrients in waterways.
To be truly biodegradable, a substance or material should break down into carbon dioxide (a nutrient for plants), water and naturally occurring minerals that do not cause harm to the ecosystem (salt or baking soda, for example, are already in their natural mineral state and do not need to biodegrade).
by Patricia Athena
Jo and I met with Malaika when we visited Sanur on the island of Bali and found her delicious restaurant with vegan and vegetarian food on Sanur Beach. It was a magic find. We went back there many times. She sourced her organic food from local farms and her own farm so it was very fresh. This is very environmentally sustainable..
We were disappointed to find the restaurant on the beach closed but now discover that Malaika has reopened her restaurant still in Sanur and calls it 'Malaika Secret Moksha Restaurant'.
The story says it all about her restaurant. We will be going there soon on our next trip to Sanur in Bali. View Malaika's Secret Moksha facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Malaika-Secret-Garden-1505294653092963/
Meeting with Malaika from Malaikas Secret Garden we were happy to find a sanctuary of organic raw food available in the middle of Sanur, Bali.
Malaika provides this food from local growers and gives them an outlet for the food they grow.
We met some the farmers at the farmers market held there regularly. They were grateful that they could come and sell their good organic food there. This type of facility not only supports the local food growers but provided nutritious food for people visiting the area.
We met a couple and their 2 beautiful children, visiting the beach and they had come to eat at the restaurant every day. They said it was a joy to find good local and organic food! They greatly appreciated this as back in Germany they try to eat only organic food.
The other big advantage of Malaika’s Restaurant is that there is a great environmental benefit of providing local organic food. Transportation costs are greatly cut and along with this pollution from trucks or even planes bringing food a long way. By providing chemical free food people’s health is potentially improved.
The restaurant's location in Sanur is close to the former one on the beach.
View their wonderful reviews:
New Eatery brings ‘Living Food’ to Sanur
by Alternative Voice2016
Malaika Secret Moksha re-opens on Jl. Danau Poso
Historically Sanur has not been noted for culinary excellence. There exist a handful of well-run cafés that do a reasonably good job of it serving decently cooked and nourishing food, with a couple of recent welcome additions. This innate Sanurian middle-of-the-roadism may be about to change. Opening this month is a new restaurant, which appears set to break the pattern. Situated at 68 Jalan Danau Poso in an airy attractively designed 2-storey building with air-conditioning is Malaika Secret Moksha, an eatery serving freshly cooked food using nothing but freshly cooked and organic ingredients across a range of Asian and European dishes.
Don’t let the name fool you; this is not some faux hinduistic new age mish-mash trying to please all tastes. Nor does it serve ‘hippy food’, by which I mean ‘digger’ food so plain in its serving that whatever the nutritional benefit all pleasure in the eating is removed. As for the eatery’s name, I’ll bet very soon we’ll all be calling it ‘Malaika’s place’.