- Within 26 seconds after exposure to chemicals such as those found in cleaning products , traces of these chemicals can be found in every organ in the body.
- More than 1.4 million Americans exposed to household chemicals were referred to poison control centers in 2001. Of these, 824,000 were children under 6 years.
- A New York sanitation worker was killed in 1998 when a hazardous liquid in household trash sprayed his face and clothes.
- At any given time, there is 3.36 million tons of household hazardous waste to contend with in our country.
Chec's HealtheHouse,the resource for Environmental Health Risks Affecting Your Children
More than 7 million accidental poisonings occur each year, with more than 75% involving children under age 6!
The Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
The Average American Uses about 25 Gallons of toxic, hazardous chemical products per year in their home...A major portion of these can be found in household cleaning products.
"Prosperity Without Pollution,"by Joel S. Hirschorn and Kirsten V. Oldenburg, 1991
Women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work away from home. The 15-year study concluded it was as a direct result of the much higher exposure rate to toxic chemicals in common household products.
Toronto Indoor Air Conference 1990
The toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than air pollution.
Environmental Protection Agency report in 1985
Cancer rates have continued to increase every year since 1970. Brain cancer in children is up 40% in 20 years. Toxic chemicals are largely to blame.
NY Times, September 29, 1997
When combined, chemicals are even more dangerous. Deadly fumes result from mixing ammonia with bleach (both found in many household products) creating lethal "mustard gas"!
U.S. Government, E.P.A.
- According to the National Research Council, no toxic information is available for more than 80% of the chemicals in everyday-use products.
- Only 1% of toxins are required to be listed on labels, because companies classify their formulas as "trade secrets."
Lorie Dwornick, researcher, educator and activist, 2002
In the past 50 years more than 75,000 chemicals have been introduced into the environment. Today 300 synthetic chemicals are found in the bodies of humans. Even newborn babies have synthetic chemicals passed on from their mothers.
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals, a European Union program
More than 32 million pounds of household cleaning products are poured down the drain each day nationwide. The toxic substances found in many of these are not adequately removed by sewage treatment plants. Guess what happens when these are returned to the rivers from which cities draw their drinking water?
Spring 2002 Edition of CCA Newsletter Partners "Cleaning Without Toxic Chemicals"
- More than 75,000 chemicals are licensed for commercial use.
- More than 2,000 new synthetic chemicals are registered every year.
- The EPA tallied close to 10,000 chemical ingredients in cosmetics, food and consumer products. Very few of these chemicals were in our environment or our bodies just 75 years ago.
- In 1998, U.S. industries manufactured 6.5 trillion pounds of 9,000 different chemicals.
- In 2000, major American companies dumped 7.1 billion pounds of 650 different industrial chemicals into our air and water.
- Except in the case of foods, drugs or pesticides, companies are under no legal or regulatory obligation to concern themselves with how their products might harm human health.
Alexandra Rome, Co-director of the Sustainable Futures Group at Commonweal, a nonprofit health and environmental research institute, until 2000.
- In 1990, more than 4,000 toddlers under age four were admitted to hospital emergency rooms as a result of household cleaner-related injuries. That same year, three-fourths of the 18,000 pesticide-related hospital emergency room admissions were children.
- Over 80 percent of adults and 90 percent of children in the United States have residues of one or more harmful pesticides in their bodies.
- Petrochemical cleaning products in the home are easily absorbed into the skin. Once absorbed, the toxins travel to the blood stream and are deposited in the fatty tissues where they may exist indefinitely.
"In Harm's Way," a study by "The Clean Water Fund" and "Physicians for Social Responsibility" May 11, 2000
Of the chemicals found in personal care products: 884 are toxic, 146 cause tumors, 218 cause reproductive complications, 778 cause acute toxicity, 314 cause biological mutations, 376 cause skin and eye irritations.
United States House of Representatives Report, 1989
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