Is Your Shampoo Causing Air Pollution in Your Home? New Studies Say Yes…
Air pollution is something that we generally associate with the outside world: car fumes, pesticides from non-organic farming and the burning of waste to name but a few primary causes. But did you know that air pollution in the home is just as prevalent and just as dangerous?
A new report published by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has indicated that a terrifying 99,000 deaths a year are directly caused by or contributed to by indoor air pollution. The main offenders? Air fresheners, faulty boilers, coated cooking appliances, chemical cleaning products, synthetic or chemically treated furnishing and cosmetics, including toxic shampoos and conditioners.
Up to half of the chemicals known as VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which start off as solids or liquids before evaporating into the air, have been traced back to these everyday household items and there is no doubt in the scientific world that this is incredibly harmful to our health. There is compelling evidence to suggest that air pollution is linked to new onset asthma in both adults and children; increased strokes and heart attacks in susceptible individuals; lung irritation; damaged learning ability; miscarriage and physical developmental problems for unborn babies.
Doing Our Bit
It is clear that indoor air pollution is extremely detrimental to our own health and wellbeing, but if this isn’t enough to spur you on to make some much-needed changes to natural and organic alternatives in the home then perhaps the negative impact on our planet as a whole will.
It was only in 2014 that the high levels of air pollution in London was so shockingly high that the population was warned to stay indoors and this is becoming scarily commonplace all over the world.
Air Pollution: The Effect on Our World
A direct and immediate effect of air pollution, both inside and out, is global warming which is melting ice, increasing sea levels and destroying habits and lives every day.
Eutrophication (a condition where high amounts of nitrogen develop into algae on the sea’s surface) is having an extreme adverse affect on fish, plants and many animal species.
The depletion of the ozone layer due to the presence of chlorofluorocarbons, hydro chlorofluorocarbons in the atmosphere is resulting in an increase of harmful UV rays which can cause skin and eye problems and serious crop damage.
All of this has been caused by human activity and it is down to us to try and do something about it before it is too late.
Simply by altering the products you use within your home, you’ll be literally helping to save the world – and yourself while you’re at it. Choosing to use Tabitha James Kraan Organics non-toxic haircare is a great first step to cleaning up the VOCs you’re breathing in on a daily basis, but don’t stop there!