GREEN STUDIES

Green cleaning versus chemical cleaning - the studies

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Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health, London February 2016               (download pdf of study)
While many studies have looked at the impact of outdoor air pollution, this study highlights the impact of indoor air pollution with sources of indoor pollution including smoking, faulty boilers, gas cookers and heaters, as well as irritants from new furniture, air fresheners and household cleaning products. 

A study by the US Environmental Protection Agency found that the air inside the typical home is on average 2-5 times more polluted than the air just outside and in extreme cases 100 times more contaminated largely because of household cleaners and pesticides. 

A study by Stony Brook University, New York, December 2015, suggests that environmental behaviour (including exposure to cleaning products) contributes to some 80% of cancers.
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Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, Spain, June 2010, Dr Zock (download pdf of study)
Cleaning sprays, chlorine bleach and disinfectants may be contributing to the rise in asthma at home and work, according to Dr Jan-Paul Zock, an expert in occupational asthma. There is growing evidence that exposure to some cleaning products can provoke respiratory disorders and make existing asthma worse.“The number of people at risk is very large. Not only those who have cleaning jobs or whose work involves cleaning are at risk, but we also need to consider the ubiquitous use of cleaning products at home.”
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World Wildlife Fund 2003 – 2006 (download pdf of study)
From 2003 until 2006 WWF carried out the DetoX campaign to make European citizens and decision makers aware of the shocking lack of safety information for the large majority of chemicals used in daily life. The WWF are concerned about the effects that chemicals in everyday use (including in cleaning products) have on both wildlife and humans that could be preventable if reduced or banned.
 
Greenpeace – 2007                    (download pdf of study)
The Chemical Home is Greenpeace’s guide to the man-made chemicals that have entered the body via household products -“It is a shocking fact that even newborn babies have toxic chemicals in their body fat and major organs. Over a lifetime, we continue to accumulate more of these harmful chemicals by using products that contain them. These chemicals are often unnecessary or there are safer alternatives.”

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