Why Green Clean?

General Reasons

The average American home has 3-10 gallons of hazardous materials. (Children’s Health Environmental Coalition)

In 1999, 2.1 million human poisonings were reported to the poison control centers in the United States. More than 50 percent of the cases involved children under the age of five. (American Association of Poison Control Centers)

According to a five year EPA study, the air in American homes has chemical contamination levels 70 times greater than outdoor air. In fact, according to the EPA, indoor air pollution is one of the nation’s most pressing personal health concerns.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that, beginning in utero, babies and children are much more vulnerable in terms of environmental toxins.

50% of all illnesses are caused by or aggravated by polluted indoor air. (American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology)

Over 150 chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

Why are babies and children more vulnerable?

Pound-for-pound, children breathe more air, drink more water, and eat more food than adults. Thus, they are more exposed to air and water pollution and pesticides.

Their bodies are more rapidly growing and developing, so chemicals that can harm development can do maximum damage at this critical time.

Children also play on the floor, where allergens, such as dust, and heavier-than-air chemicals settle and collect.

Then there’s natural behavior: Putting everything in the mouth is a crucial part of normal development, the way a baby learns about the world.

Source: Children’s Health Environmental Coalition

 

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