We breathe in an average of 11,000 litres of air per day. The quality of this air affects our health as much as the quality of the water we drink and the food we eat.
Airborne Contaminants Concentrate Indoors Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.1
We breathe in the visible dust and dirt that builds up so quickly on surfaces in our homes and at work. We are also inhaling countless invisible indoor pollutants many of which come from the stream of new products we bring into our homes and offices on a regular basis. Some degree of chemical residue or off-gassing occurs from most of these new items or from the packaging that comes with them. The harmful effects of these indoor contaminants can be subtle and cumulative, making impacts on health not easy to recognize.
Indoor Air Quality Worse Than Outdoor Air
Indoor air quality is typically 2 – 5 times worse than outdoor air1 where sun, wind and rain can have a cleansing influence on atmospheric conditions.
Some Common Indoor Air Pollutants
volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from plastics, electronics, paint, chlorinated water
formaldehyde from furniture, cabinetry, building materials, upholstery and drapery
mold and mildew
bacteria and viruses
allergens from dust and pollen
pet dander, dust and odour
tobacco, wood, candle and recreational smoke
chemicals from household cleaners
aerosols in personal care products
radon from granite, smoke detectors, some clocks and watches
heavy metals and exhaust from traffic
Chronic Air Pollution Causes More Premature Deaths than Car Crashes
Chronic exposure to air pollution causes nearly nine times as many premature deaths as traffic crashes according to research carried out at the University of British Columbia. 2
1http://www.epa.gov/region1/communities/indoorair.html 2Canadian Medical Association Journal: Michael Bauer, ScD Oct 21, 2013