As green cleaning becomes an important news topic, more and more research and substantive evidence becomes available all the time to support the fact that green cleaning is part of an over-arching green living strategy for people who seek better short and long-term health for their families and pets. Green cleaning also reduces our carbon footprint on the planet.
This section presents information you may want to consider when deciding whether green cleaning is important to you and your family, as well as the environment.
Consumers equate the word “green” with the environment. Ironically, when they “act” green it is much closer to home – literally and figuratively and the reasons are more personal. Of over 2000 respondents in a research study conducted by The Haystack Group earlier this year, 59% consider “environmentally friendly” as the factor most typically associated with a green lifestyle, product or service. With all the recent media attention on global warming, urban heat island effect and other environmental concerns it is little wonder that consumers frame the “green” topic in an environmental context. Although “green” has health implications as well, only 30% of respondents felt that the health/wellness factor was very typical of “green” practices. The disconnect is that people are more likely to make green choices that benefit their health, not the environment.
Compelling empirical data points to a correlation between bladder cancer and certain occupations, including housekeepers and butlers. A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in July 2002 measured the incidence of bladder cancer for study participants in 32 different industries and occupations as compared to a control group of the general population not employed in any of the occupations studied. The study further isolated the data by how long each participant was employed in that industry or occupation.
It can be frustrating to train yourself to hydrate your body by consuming at least 64 ounces of water a day, only to learn later that the water you’ve been drinking poses a health risk. Consumers who drink water (or ingest any food) contained in certain hard and soft plastic bottles can expose themselves to health risks associated with chemicals in the plastic. The culprit? Phthalates.