Building Materials Certification and Healthy Indoor Air
It is a common statistic when talking about the quality of indoor air, that we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors. The origin of that statistic was a study by the US Environmental Protection Agency back in 19891. The importance of this is the nature of the contained environment of the home; in the move towards greater environmental sustainability, homes have become more energy efficient and more tightly sealed. While this provides a better environmental impact, it also means that the air in the home does not become renewed through passage of fresh air.
Antimicrobials in textiles – what you need to know!
The global textile sector is enormous; in 2018 the value of the US textile sector was $78 billion and employed over 550,000 workers1. In 2017 China produced 79 billion metres of cloth2; that’s enough to go to the moon and back 100 times!
Textiles and clothes are a fundamental part of our everyday life however they also provide an excellent material for micro-organisms to grow on. Measures to prevent microbial growth on textiles and fabrics dates back to Egyptian times when mummy wraps were preserved using herbs and spices3. Since then bamboo has been used in housing structures and design in China and in World War II a range of chemicals were used to impart antimicrobial activity to tents, tarpaulins and truck covers4. Prevention of microbial attack is essential for durability of the textile, in addition to potential use in prevention of transmission of disease.
Why Are We Becoming More Allergic?
Pollution, climate change, antibiotics, deficiency in vitamin D, sedentary lifestyle, hygiene hypothesis…what causes the rise of asthma and allergy rates?
Chemicals in Cleaning Products
Even the most eco-friendly, inert cleaning product contains chemicals. What is important is the type of chemical and how much of it is present.
Does Being Too Clean Cause Allergies?
According to the Hygiene Hypothesis children who are raised in a very clean environment are more likely to develop hay fever, asthma and allergies. So does being too clean cause allergies?
What Chemicals are in Paint?
People with asthma and allergies are advised to avoid volatile organic compounds (VOCs) but in certain circumstances this can be unavoidable. When carrying out necessary tasks such as painting the home, how can you reduce your exposure and what should you be looking out for in your paint?
Allergen avoidance in the home – Part 2: How to get rid of allergens?
The second of a two-part article on the development of an allergy and asthma management plan for the home, controlling of exposure to allergens through their removal or treatment.
Allergen Avoidance in the Home – Part 1: Where do the Allergens Come From?
The development of an allergy and asthma management plan is an important step in controlling exposure to allergens. But what kind of steps can be taken, and what kind of products should be used, or avoided?