Most schools and day care centers use traditional cleaning products which are often loaded with harsh and harmful chemicals. As a result, children and staff are unnecessarily exposed to chemicals that have been linked to asthma and other respiratory problems, cancer, reproductive and neurological harm, and hormone disruption. Additionally, these products are known to have negative impacts on the environment, including contributing to water pollution, smog, and damage to the ozone layer.
It is essential that we become aware of the issue and get involved in the cleaning process outside our homes as well. Think about your workplace, too!
- reduce air pollution in their classroom dramatically
- eliminate exposure to ingredients that are linked to asthma or cancer
- reduce the use of non-necessary antibacterial agents such as Triclosan (may disrupt thyroid and estrogen hormones and forms toxic byproducts in tap water and the environment)
- be safe for workers and children and the cleaning will be just as good as with conventional cleaners
- NOT cost more money!
- eliminate exposures to hazardous chemicals found in conventional cleaners, like
* 2-butoxyethanol a solvent that damages red blood cells, causing anemia.
* phthalates (frequently found in fragrances in cleaning products. Dibutyl phthalate is also used in floor finishes and window cleaners. Children exposed to phthalates in indoor settings face increased risk of asthma and allergies)
* alkylphenol ethoxylates (The E.U. and Canada have banned these chemicals in cleaners)