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Studies, facts and statistics on cleaning and the environment

Some facts and statistics:

  • According to Health Canada, Canadians spend an average of 90% of their time inside.
  • Indoor air at home is potentially 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air.
  • Each year, the average Canadian family consumes anywhere from 20 to 40 litres of toxic cleaning products.
  • According to the Cancer Research Society, 12.6% of the population will have a strong reaction to small amounts of chemical substances such as VOCs or the fragrances found in many cleaning products.
  • The ammonia and nonylphenol (and its ethoxylate derivatives) found is numerous household cleaning products sold in Canada have been determined to be toxic substances under Environment Canada’s Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA, 1999).
  • According to Health Canada, the claim "antimicrobial" is not appropriately defined in consumer product regulation. Large companies have found that consumers respond well to products claiming to be “antimicrobial,” “antibacterial,” etc. However, this culture of surface cleanliness leads to the frequent use of antimicrobial agents in the community, exposing microbes to increased levels of antimicrobial agents and the subsequent development of resistance. The use of bactericides, disinfectants and antiseptics in the home, community and health care facilities (in cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, etc.) and the incorporation of these agents in common household products increase selective pressure on bacteria to develop a resistance to these agents.
  • If every household in the U.S. replaced just one bottle of petroleum-based dishwashing liquid with a plant-based product, like our Bio-Vert dishwashing liquid, we could save 82,000 barrels of oil, enough to fuel 7,200 midsize cars individually for 20,000 km.
  • The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found the human body carries 210 of the 75,000 chemicals registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. The study revealed the participants carried an average of 43% of the said chemicals. The chemicals found included over 50 carcinogens and more than 60 substances considered toxic for the reproductive and nervous systems. The findings have led to general guidelines aimed at reducing chemical pollution, especially the number of household cleaning products used. The EWG recommends to always try water and soap first.
  • In a study of over 240 American households, the households using disinfectant cleaners did not record lower microbial infections than the households using non-disinfectant cleaners.

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