According to the Nielsen Global Home-Care Survey, which polled over 30,000 people from around the world, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impacts that chemical cleaners can have. As awareness spreads, so does the use of green or eco-friendly cleaning products. This is true both in the home and in the workplace.
The survey found that 26% of respondents said that purchasing natural cleaning products was important to them, and 24% said that purchasing cleaning products with eco-friendly packaging was important to them. As we continue to learn more about the health and environmental impacts of chemical cleaners, it is likely that these numbers will continue to rise.
So, when it comes to green cleaning, what else should you know? See below to learn more and why so many consumers are choosing to go green.
Manufacturing conventional cleaners consumes 6.2 billion lbs of chemicals and 30 million trees
Chemical cleaners can cause serious side effects, such as burns, respiratory issues, hormone disruption, skin irritation, allergies, asthma, poisoning, and in severe cases, death
Using chemical cleaners greatly contributes to indoor air pollution
According to an EPA study, indoor air pollution is often 2-5 times higher than outdoor air pollution
Chemical cleaners are a common source of poisoning - and 89% of poison exposure occurs at home
Household cleaners are the second most common culprit for poisoning in children
Many household and commercial cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Nitrogen and ammonia are both VOCs commonly found in cleaning products - both of which can negatively impact the environment.