Domestic pollution: more frequent, and serious, than you think

Durga's approach to production is an approach that improves the quality of life of those who use its products. Home pollution is more frequent and more serious than you might think, as you will find out by reading this post .

Keep it ... outside the door also passes by the choice, whenever possible, of natural products!

We can imagine our home, or other closed environments where we spend most of our life, as a safe haven, where you can feel protected and protected from dangers in a pleasant and reassuring environment.

But are we sure this is true?

Domestic pollution ... let's do a conscious choice!

When we buy a new tablet or a new computer we try to acquire as much information as possible: technologies, brands, problems, potential…

But how we behave with our home, where will we live with the structure and its materials for much of our life?

We have the same type of awareness in choosing materials and finishes?

In our home, often referred to as the "third skin", we breathe and we are in contact with a sum of factors that we are often unaware of.

In reality, European standards and the World Health Organization also monitor indoor air pollution , that is domestic pollution .

Being part of the list of dangerous substances enters paints, glues, building materials, products for the home: practically a large part of what we use at home, excluding cosmetics and food; but there is no obligation, in the world of construction, to clearly declare the materials with which a property is built and set up. The problem inside the house…

Studies conducted by government agencies and research institutes highlight today how domestic pollution far exceeds what we have outside the door.

At least 85% of the air pollution on our planet is inside buildings (houses, schools, offices ... ). Furthermore, the need to limit consumption for heating and ventilation of the rooms, as well as the belief that the air outside is more polluted than that inside and the desire to contain noise pollution, created a race to "seal" the internal environments, and this risks generating a further increase in polluting agents, given by the insulating materials and a lower exchange of air.

What are the factors?

< p> The most obvious pollution factors derive from glues and paints present not only in walls, floors and floors, but also in furniture and furnishings in general, in tapestries, in PVC frames.

There are numerous components of these materials which are emitted into the environment, such as formaldehyde used as an economic preservative of water-based paints and glues.

We can also find solvents and additives of other nature, for example:

Dispersants

They are surfactants of various kinds such as alkylphenoletoxylates, (included in the list of destructive products of the EDC endocrine system).

Antifoam

Like silicone or polyglycol products.

Emulsifiers

Amine esters, efl-amines, ammonia.

Conservatives

The most frequent are formaldehyde, isotazolinone.

Crosslinkers

Etl-urea, isocyanate.

Dyes

In addition to the harmless iron oxides we also find Cobalt-based Blue, phthalates (capable of giving strong allergenic effects and migraines), the whole class of azo dyes

Among the pigments we can find many heavy metals, including cobalt oxides, cadmium oxides, nickel or vanadium.

Solvents and co-solvents < / p>

Present in paints, water-based paints and glues.

Flame retardants

present in paints and additives of m Other commonly used materials often contain BFR ( bromurate fire retardant ) TBBPA (tetrabromobisphenol) or TBBA considered dangerous endocrine disruptors.
These components are also present in materials as flame retardants and polymerization regulators. plastics such as computer frames, PVC, carpeting, etcetera.

Anti-mold and anti-woodworm

Present in wood treatment products, they contain biocidal principles that have often effects on human physiology; among the many active components of this family we can mention: permethrin, with estrogenic effects (Go, V, J Garey, MS Wolff, and BGT Pogo.1999), products for cleaning the house and person.
They are a source of emission of allergenic substances, just to give some examples:

  • ammonium salts quathernial,
  • ethanolamines,
  • phosphates,
  • alkiphenol ethoxylates,
  • formaldehyde,
  • compounds that can release chlorine .

Perfumes and synthetic odorants

Or phthalates as solvents of perfuming essences.

Preservatives

For example parabens, isotazolone, quaternary ammonium salts

Various additives

Benzophenone (fixative for perfumes used in soaps, also used in insecticides) and considered an endocrine destroyer (Environmental Health Perspectives 109: 239-244.).

A large part of these components have a harmful effect on the body in an important way and not only temporarily during the contact period.

For example preservatives such as parabens or other additives such as phthalates and quaternary ammonium salts are included in the lists of destroyers of the endocrine system, that is, capable of altering even in mo I seriously affect the hormonal balance of our body.

Molds and bacteria

Generally molds are caused by incorrect structural conditions, such as thermal bridges and poor breathability of the supports, which cause condensation and subsequent formation of mold / fungi.

The World Health Organization estimates that in Europe every year 86,000 hospitalizations of children are due to asthma attacks and problems respirators attributable to exposure to mold and excessive humidity.

The solution also passes through your choices!

More responsible and informed consumption is therefore essential to improve air quality even in home. Choosing natural products helps ;-)