"According to the World Health Organization, more than 33% of diseases of children under five years are caused by environmental exposures. "
Chemicals and toxins have a more dramatic effect on children than adults. "a child's chemical exposures are greater pound for pound than those of an adult. One a body weight basis, a child breathes up to twice as much air as adults- an important factor when considering the effects of air pollution in the classroom." (National Academy of Sciences)
"Children have more years of future life in which to develop disease triggered by early exposure" (National Academy of Sciences)
"One factor in children's exceptional sensitivity to the harmful effects of chemicals is that their developing organ systems are more vulnerable to damage from chemical exposures.
The Academy also concluded that children are less able than adults to detoxify and excrete chemicals" (National Academy of Sciences)
Children put things in their mouths, creating high levels of exposure orally
Children are lower to the ground where many chemicals are applied
Children have thinner skin than adults and readily absorb chemicals applied to the skin, hands, etc
Children are growing at rapid rates and their systems are developing. Because of this they are more susceptible to the effects of toxins during these critical windows of development
The chemical companies have a philosophy of the "low dose theory" that states that just a little bit of a toxic chemical is ok. But many of these chemicals have shown to have toxic effects in minuscule doses, children are affected more dramatically due to the reasons mentioned above, and this ignores that there are so many chemicals is so many products…and these toxic exposures add up! There is also research pointing to chemicals reacting to each other in unanticipated ways.
The American Academy Of Pediatrics Released a statement this year calling for protection of children from these common chemicals due to their toxic effects on children.
Healthy Green Schools has a technique to make this conversion very affordable for any budget. Converting from paper towels to microfiber cloths saves money, how you use products can save money, making your own cleaners is easy and fun. Some recycling programs actually will pay money! We will discuss your budget to make sure we meet or exceed your expectations.
There have been 80,000 chemicals introduced into our environment and bodies in the last 50 years and less than 200 have ever been tested for safety and only 5 regulated by the govt. An additional 2,000 new, untested chemicals are introduced each year.
Many of these chemicals that are starting to be studied in scientific studies are showing strong links to asthma, ADD, allergies, premature puberty in girls, feminization in boys,infertility, birth defects, childhood cancer, hormone disruption (imitates estrogen in the body) and potentially even autism.
Chemicals in common cleaners, even cleaners sold as "green" in many cases are filled with toxins that are specifically linked to many of the serious health problems mentioned above. Non-certified green cleaners were found in a study to release an average of 38 different contaminants.
A comparison of products in one study showed certified green cleaning supplies released half as many air contaminants as conventional products and contained one-third the chemicals with known health concerns.
Compared to conventional general purpose cleaners, the certified green products contained just one-quarter of the chemicals with documented ties to specific health concerns such as asthma and cancer.
Cleaning a classroom with certified freen products releases less than 1/6 of the total air pollution released by cleaning a classroom with conventional cleaners.
Cleaners are sprayed on nearly everything a child comes into contact with so it is a huge exposure to children. On the floors counters where they play, on the toys that they touch and put in their mouths, in the air for "scent" and "freshening", on the fountains where they drink, on the potties where they sit, on their hands from soaps, lotions and antibacterials.
Indoor Air is 5-10x more toxic than the air outside
Asthma rates in children have skyrocketed to 12%. It is critical to use safe products for this population
Ashtma rates have increased to 12% and has increased dramatically in the last few decades
ADD has increased dramatically in the last years, According to the CDC, rates of ADHD diagnosis increased an average of 3% per year from 1997 to 2006 and an average of 5.5% per year from 2003 to 2007. 9.5% of children are diagnosed with ADD as of 2007.
Increasing incidence of many childhood cancers, including leukemia, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and specific brain and nervous system cancers, are a clear cause for concern regarding children's exposures to chemicals linked to cancer
Allergies, juvenile diabetes, and other diseases have skyrocketed in children
According to the National Academy of Sciences, in the year 2000, "1/2 of all pregnancies resulted in less than healthy babies and up to 1/3 of the developmental defects in these babies are caused by exposure to toxic chemicals".
There are a lot of pregnant women that work or visit schools so this is an obvious concern. In a recent study over 287 chemicals were found in the cord blood of newborns. Of these 287:
180 cause cancer in humans or animals
217 are toxic to your brain and nervous system
208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests
Children, meanwhile, experience greater exposure to chemicals pound-for-pound than adults, and have an immature and porous blood-brain barrier, which allows greater chemical exposures to reach their developing brain.
Many of these chemicals are linked to birth defects and harm to the fetus during critical windows of development. Many of these chemicals of concern are found in the cleaners, soaps, and lotions and other products
Each year, about 7.3 million American couples have trouble becoming pregnant or carrying to full term, an increase of 20% over the last 10 years. Alarmingly, infertility is rising most rapidly for women under the age of 25. Increasing evidence indicates everyday exposures to reproductive toxins may play a role in escalating levels of infertility in the US.