Benefits of Environmentally Safe Cleaners
Did you know that general purpose cleaners are estimated to contribute
about 8% of total non-vehicular VOC emissions in California? (Source: Green
Seal) Here are six tips, provided by Green Seal, that show how by simply
switching your current cleaner to an environmentally superior one can benefit
your health and the environment.
adverse health effects from toxic compounds. Some
cleaning products contain toxic chemicals, which may kill aquatic
life and harm humans. Cleaners with sufficient concentrations of
ammonia and sodium hypochlorite can irritate the lungs and are
not recommended for people with heart conditions and chronic respiratory
toxic releases from manufacturing.
Ingredient manufacture sometimes involves toxic releases as well. For
example, petrochemical extraction and refining processes release benzene
and other toxic chemicals into the environment.
hazards in the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream. Cleaning
products containing hazardous ingredients present further hazards
when disposed as MSW, because these systems are not designed to
manage even minimal volumes of some hazardous chemicals.
ecosystem destruction from persistent chemicals.Components
of cleaning products that break down slowly or incompletely may
endanger plants, animals and microorganisms that live in water
smog and ozone depletion. Some components of cleaners,
such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), contribute to photochemical
smog. The EPA has found that levels of VOCs in indoor air are up
to 10 times greater than levels outdoors.
waste. Even the packaging of cleaning products has
environmental impacts. For example, secondary packaging and non-refillable
containers contribute unnecessary waste to landfills and incinerators.
article was provided by Green Seal. Visit them at www.greenseal.org
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