What Is Indoor Air Pollution?

What Is Indoor Air Pollution?

Fact: Children’s risk from dust borne contaminants may be up to 40 times higher than that of adults.

By: Steve Goldman Co-Founder of RevitaRUGS, and Green Technology Expert 11-20-11

What is indoor air pollution? In a recent Article published on indoor air pollutants by the Healthy Building network “Your Carpet’s Dirty Little Secret” stated that a national report on household dust turned up dangerous toxins in NY homes. Bags of dust were taken from vacuum cleaners from NY homes and handed over to the Western New York arm of New York’s Citizens Environmental Coalition (CEC), a statewide environmental organization. CEC tests looked for hazardous, potentially life-threatening chemicals–man-made materials that prior studies already show are accumulating in the environment and in our bodies.

In the report by the Safer Products Project, household detritus (which are non-livingparticulate organic material such as the bodies or fragments of dead organisms, dead skin, as well as fecal material) from ten homes in California, Maine, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Washington received a thorough laboratory work-up, and the results were disturbing, if not altogether surprising. According to its authors, the study, entitled “Sick of Dust: Chemicals in Common Products a Needless Health Threat in Our Homes,” is the first of its kind in the U.S. to examine several specific toxins–most of which are found in household products we use every day http://www.healthybuilding.net/press/carpet.html.

Six classes, or categories, of toxins proven to harm the reproductive and immune systems in animal tests were included, and all six were found in varying amounts. In lay terms, these six chemical classes–phthalates, pesticides, alkylphenols, brominated flame retardants, organotins and perfluorinated compounds– refer to highly hazardous compounds. In turn, these compounds are used in mass quantities to produce cosmetics, building materials, furniture, carpets, cookware, electronics, plastic toys, diapers, pest control products, and household cleaners, among many other consumer products. Even during normal use of these items, chemicals still leach out of or escape into the air and dust in our homes. The testing showed that the home is where the harm is,”says Michael Schade, CEC’s WNY director. “Our homes should be safe sanctuaries for our families, not the repository for the chemical industry’s poisons. http://www.healthybuilding.net/press/carpet.html

The report states that most of us in North America spend 69-90 percent of our time indoors. Especially vulnerable to even miniscule amounts of these toxins are developing fetuses, children and the elderly. Children’s risk from dust borne
contaminants, the report says, may be up to 40 times higher than that of adults! Recent research by RevitaRugs has discovered a startling fact: over 75% of area rug owners NEVER PROPERLY CLEAN THEM, for fear of damage of their precious asset. Vacuuming alone does not rid the rug from indoor allergens and microbial bacteria known to cause health hazards. Area rugs are constructed with fibers that are tightly compacted making it difficult for a vacuum to remove dust particles and allergens. Wool and silk handmade rugs are usually made with vegetable dye, which is safer and healthier, as compared to newer machine made rugs which typically use synthetic dyes and materials.

There is a solution! RevitaRUGS an Environmentally Green Rug Cleaning Business www.Revitarugs.com in South Hackensack, NJ, has brought its 100% safe Green Rug Cleaning process from its sister company in Italy the Shirzad Corporation (www.shirzad.it) to the US market.  RevitaRUGS process not only deep cleans and disinfects rugs of all kinds, but does it in a way that systematically removes household dust particles and reduces allergens. This process uses the mildest soaps and the purest water possible, and is 100% safe for antique or silk rugs.  With decades of experience using a pure clean laboratory grade water softening system, perfume-free organic soaps,  and
patent pending processes, RevitaRUGS is a perfect solution to cleaning any type of area rug.  Now, you can keep your home healthy for your children, as well as protect your valuable heirlooms.

What is indoor air pollution? http://www.livestrong.com/article/122522-definition-indoor-air-pollution/

Household Dust : http://fauquierent.blogspot.com/2010/04/not-only-can-house-dust-cause-allergies.html