The Negative Environmental Impact of Urinal Cakes

Ever since public restrooms became commonplace, we’ve been seeking solutions for the inherent odor problem. For decades, urinal cakes have been accepted as the simplest way to fight the unpleasant smells that come from urinals. Using urinal cakes can be an effective way to keep restrooms from stinking, but unfortunately, they are far from environmentally friendly.

The main ingredient in a typical urinal cake is paradichlorobenzene, a deodorizing chemical that kills bacteria and prevents the formation of ammonia. Ammonia is formed when bacteria feeds on residual urine, and is largely responsible for the smell you might associate with a dirty urinal.

Paradichlorobenzene serves its intended purpose, but it’s also a dangerous chemical. A known animal carcinogen, paradichlorobenzene has the potential to cause serious damage to any ecosystem—and since urinal cakes are so widely used, it does find its way into the environment from time to time.

Most urinal cakes also include fragrances to cover up odors. Many of these fragrances are made up of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can contribute to air, water, and soil pollution when introduced to the environment through landfills or wastewater systems.

Fortunately, we at Adam’s Leaf have created an eco-friendly alternative to the urinal cake. Adam’s Leaf is a splash proof urinal screen that works to eliminate unpleasant odors without the use of any harmful chemicals. It’s also made from biodegradable materials, and will degrade in a landfill within 5 years.

Switching to Adam’s Leaf means cutting down on unnecessary waste production and keeping toxic chemicals out of the environment. Want to go green with our revolutionary urinal screen? Fill out our contact form to get in touch today!