Why Go Green?
For Our Planet For Our Health
The Chemical Problem
Volatile Organic Compounds are chemicals that evaporate into the air and react with sunlight to form ground level ozone and are considered endocrine disruptors, central nervous system, carcinogens & sensitizers.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names phosphorus, nitrogen, ammonia and chemicals grouped under the term Volatile Organic Compounds common ingredients in houshold items are the worst environmental hazard.
Cleaning Supplies and Your Health
Government agencies and independent research institutions have not adequately evaluated the safety of numerous substances found in cleaning products. Although government scientific and regulatory agencies have focused considerable attention on chemicals suspected of causing cancer, they have devoted far fewer resources to evaluating substances that may be toxic to the brain and nervous system, the hormone system and other organs. Investigating the full range of risks of cleaning products to public health and the environment should be an urgent priority. Yet the problem remains largely hidden from the view of the American consumer.
Inadequate assessment of the long-term health consequences of chronic exposure to potent chemicals in cleaning products stems in large part from the absence of federal regulations requiring safety tests and setting legally-binding upper limits on toxic ingredients and impurities. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is nominally responsible for overseeing dangerous cleaning products but has focused on child-safe packaging and other measures to prevent accidents.
Sound chemical policy is critical to identifying and removing from commerce harmful chemicals in everyday products like cleaning supplies. In the meantime, the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning can be a valuable tool in helping consumers to reduce their exposures to products known to contain harmful ingredients.
Learn more about cleaners and Asthma, Cancer, Reproductive and, Developmental Toxicity, Allergies and Irritation, Accidents: Burns and Poisonings on ewg.org website