ATnT Organics & Green Mar-Apr 2011: Green Cleaning

Posted: March 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Organics & Green Department

Green Cleaning

CLEANING YOUR MEDICAL SPA WITH GREEN PRODUCTS CAN PROMOTE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR STAFF AND PATIENTS

By Emily Stocker, Contributing Editor & Advisor

Levels of pollutants in indoor air can be from two to more than 100 times higher than outdoors, according to the U.S. EPA. Indoor pollution is due in large part to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that evaporate, or “offgas,” from home decorating and cleaning products. According to a study published in New Scientist in 1999, in homes where aerosol sprays and air fresheners were used frequently, mothers experienced 25 percent more headaches and were 19 percent more likely to suffer from depression; and infants under six months of age had 30 percent more ear infections and 22 percent higher incidence of diarrhea. Cancer is the #1 cause of death in children and #2 in adults. There is a higher rate of children with learning disabilities than ever before.

KEEPING IT SAFE
While attempting to keep your medical spa and your patients safe from germs and bacteria, you may actually be putting them at risk. Many common cleaning products contain phenols, caustic poisonous compounds. These agents are used in everything from all-purpose cleaning products to toilet bowl cleaners.

The National Institute of Health states that phenol is toxic, and individuals who are hypersensitive to it could experience serious side effects or even death, even at low exposures. It is rapidly absorbed so it can easily cause toxicity through the entire body, as it affects the central nervous system, blood vessels, lungs, and kidneys. Symptoms of exposure to phenol include…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Emily Stocker

About the Author
Emily Stocker steps into the business of being green (and happy) with Em’s Organics, offering products like sea sponge soap made from USDA Organic ingredients and baby and children’s clothing and accessories.

And that’s just the beginning.

Visit Emily on the worldwide web: http://www.EmsOrganics.com, which officially launched Earth Day last year.

Contact Emily via email at:
emily@EmsOrganics.com.

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