Monday, June 28, 2010

Home Health Hazards

I talked to some ladies yesterday at a party and was amazed again at how many people have had problems with common household cleaners, perfumes, and even our kids are having problems. Get one or two women together (I am sorry but I have not been able to have the same level of interest when the group is mostly men) and start talking about environmental indoor hazards. We all have horror stories about getting sick from cleaning or headaches from someone's strong perfume or kids with allergic reactions to weird things. How much more data do we need to see before we take action? Asthma in children has been growing at an alarming rate. The US has the highest rate of cancer in children of any country in the world. Heart disease and cancer in adults is growing rapidly.

I think the US Center for Disease Control has it right. See the summary here and you can go in and read the full policy if you so desire: Basically, no smelly stuff at work. The CDC even goes so far as to include laundry detergents and personal care products like hairspray and perfume. Of course, some of this is fueled by lawsuits, and companies keep losing those. But, finally someone saw the writing on the wall and made a change for the better. Do you think other companies will follow suit?

In this day and age, there is no reason NOT to use green, non-toxic products. They are out there. They aren't that hard to find. They aren't that expensive - some are much cheaper than what you may have been using in fact. 

Take action. Read my other posts. Decide to make one change a month towards going green. It's good for you, your family, and our planet.

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