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Toxic Cleaning in Schools November 3, 2009

Filed under: Environmental Wellness,Physical Wellness,Take Action! — aprasek @ 11:17 pm

A study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed some dirty info about cleaning products used in U.S. schools:

EWG’s tests showed that as a group, these 21 products release into the air no fewer than 457 distinct chemicals, some of which are no doubt the source of that nice clean smell. The trouble is, six of those airborne substances are known to cause asthma and another 11 are known, probable or possible cancer-causers in humans.

Read more from the study here.

Unlike adults, children are still in fragile states of development and in effect, toxins can have more harsh consequences to these younger bodies and brains. And the worst part of all this is that these cleaning products are completely unnecessary. There are cleaning products available that are 100% natural and are as effective as the toxic ones.

The video below is awesome. It discusses more about these chemicals and how they make their way into our bodies. It’s pretty crazy…

Take action by signing the petition for the “Kid-Safe Chemicals Act.” (FYI if you sign the petition, you’ll get emails from EWG- a few per week. If you don’t want to get them you can immediately unsubscribe after signing.)


2 Responses to “Toxic Cleaning in Schools”

  1. LisaatEWG Says:

    Thanks for spreading the word, about the school cleaning report and Ken’s ’10 Americans’ presentation. Best, Lisa Frack, EWG Online Organizer

  2. Aimee Says:

    You bet Lisa! EWG is real public health in action. Hopefully, state PH departments and academic PH programs take notice. Thanks for all that you do.

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