Ecological makes senseFriday, July 25th, 2014
Be kind to yourself
For most of us the notion of ecological cleaning products is old news.
Many companies that don’t have ecological products as standard questions the cleaning efficiency or the reduced ecological impact these products have.
Most of the conventional cleaning products we all grew up with are petroleum-based and have dubious health and environmental implications. Instead of opting for cleaning products that annihilate everything in their path, there are plenty of natural products and methods that keep a house clean and fresh-smelling without the toxic side effects.
Its also important to remember that when investing in new / better products the old once still need to be disposed in a responsible manner. Otherwise they cause more damage then you do good by swapping them in the first place.
Here are some interesting fast facts about ecological vs the regular:
- 17,000: the number of petrochemicals available for home use, only 30 percent of which have been tested for exposure to human health and the environment.
- 63: the number of synthetic chemical products found in the average home, translating to roughly 10 gallons of harmful chemicals.
- 100: the number of times higher that indoor air pollution levels can be above outdoor air pollution levels, according to US EPA estimates.
- 275: the number of active ingredients in antimicrobials that the EPA classifies as pesticides because they are designed to kill microbes.
- 5 billion: the number of pounds of chemicals that the institutional cleaning industry uses each year.
- 23: the average gallons of chemicals (that’s 87 liters) that a janitor uses each year, 25 percent of which are hazardous.
But beyond the larger impact on the environment biggest benefactor from a ecological choice is you and your family.
Our bodies although of fairly robust structure tend to react badly to chemicals in general. Your children are less likely to develop allergies with less harsher products used to keep our homes and work places cleaner.
Changing to greener methods helps reduce pollution to our waterways and the air and it minimizes your impact on ozone depletion and global climate change with fewer smog-producing chemicals.
If you go green no longer will there be chemicals absorbed into the skin or breathed in by the person cleaning. Health benefits extend to family members who are no longer breathing in cleaners lingering in the air and sitting on surfaces.
Studies have shown that using a household cleaning spray, even as little as once a week, raises the risk of developing asthma. Using green cleaning products can reduce the chances of developing asthma, which today is the most common chronic illness and the leading cause of school absences due to chronic illness across the continent,
Don’t hesitate to ask about our range of ecological products for your available for your needs.
Compiled by Adam P for A.G. Cleaning Services