Friday, February 23, 2018

Is your shampoo as bad as tailpipe emissions?

Good news: air pollution from vehicles has gotten better over the decades.

Bad news: products you may be using in you house may increasingly be the problem, now representing up to half the volatile organic compounds in the air.

Unfortunately this article doesn’t tell us which chemicals to avoid and you can’t get to the scientific paper without paying. But this is another reason to buy biodegradeable products from trusted companies and avoid “fragrances,” which are often endocrine disruptors (which mess with your hormones).

A new study, published in the journal Science, has found that household products such as shampoo, oven cleaner, and deodorant could all be a significant source of air pollution - the same form as that which is released by car fumes.
The team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Colorado collected air samples in Pasadena, Los Angeles valley, which is a particularly smoggy area. They then analysed data from the US and Europe, including research from other scientists.
They found that up to half of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) came from domestic products, including bleach, perfume, shampoo, and paint. When these particles degrade, they become a particulate matter called PM2.5, which is know to cause respiratory problems and is linked with 29,000 deaths in the UK each year.

Scientists have found that shampoo is a source of the same dangerous form of air pollution made by cars - Business Insider

Here are 9 ways to avoid hormone disrupting chemicals:

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