Naturally, all of us are concerned for our health and how to preserve it. Health is important for all of us, and it is something that you cannot buy even if you have a lot of money. In order to preserve their health, people often choose to buy green products, but are mostly unaware that even these kind of products can be health-damaging.
A recent study that has been conducted at the University of Melbourne showed that common consumer products, including those which are marketed as ‘green’ or ‘all-natural’ or ‘non-toxic’ and ‘organic’, actually emit a range of compounds that could harm human health and the quality of air.

The quality of air and environmental pollutants have been investigated by Dr. Anne Steinemann, Professor of Civil Engineering, and the Chair of Sustainable Cities, from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Melbourne, School of Engineering, a world expert on this topic, she proved that even products that are certified as ‘green’ or ‘organic’ emit toxic and hazardous chemicals into the air.

The findings of the research have revealed that emissions of ‘green’ products and the amount of carcinogenic hazardous air pollutants did not differ significantly from those products that are not ‘green’, but which are considered to be regular fragranced products.
Furthermore, the research showed that over 550 volatile ingredients were emitted from these products, even though only 3% were disclosed on the product label or material safety data sheet. In other words, even though you think you are using ‘green’ products you are actually polluting the air.

Professor Steinemann continues to say that the paradox is that we are exposed to air pollutants indoors, and that the primary source of their pollutants is consumer products. In order to avoid using their pollutants we opt out for using what we think are green products, but in fact we are making just as much damage to the area that we are breathing in. All of this occurs because the lack of the accurate information on the ingredients of these products. Prof Steinemann also explains that while our work outdoor environments are constantly monitored, our work indoor work here environments are unregulated and unmonitored.

The problem lies in the fact that consumer products sold in Australia, the US and around the world, are not required to list all the ingredients, or any ingredients, as long as a chemical mixture is called ‘fragrance’. Due to the lack of information, consumers may choose products which claim to be natural or organic, even though they are not

The research that Professor Steinemann conducted has been incredibly influential, and important, therefore it doesn’t come as a surprise that it has been a trending piece of news lately. She has also investigated how and why we are exposed to pollutants, as well as the ways in which we can reduce the risk of these pollutants and improve our health. Thanks to Professor Steinemann, hopefully more attention will be brought to the subject, and more regulations will be made for these so-called “fragrance” products.