of Californians live with air that threatens their health.
years of your life may be lost due to living with unhealthy air.
Cutting emissions from the products you use
Every day, families and workers use dozens of cleaners, beauty products and other substances in their homes and workplaces. Ironically, many of the things we use to clean and beautify our surroundings and ourselves are in fact harmful to our health and the air. Studies show that exposure to household chemicals can cause cancer, asthma and other health issues. And with more than 39 million Californians using these products, the cumulative effect poses a serious environmental threat.
Studies show that exposure to household chemicals can cause:
Employees such as janitors and car wash workers are on the front lines of exposure to the hazardous emissions and other toxic chemicals in these products. Many workers are members of ethnic minority populations that often have limited access to health care services or proper information on the harmful effects of these products.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are found in many consumer and industrial products, including paint thinners, mulit-purpose solvents and household cleaners. They contribute to smog and harm human health. Many VOCs linger for hours after use and can result in indoor air pollution levels up to 1,000 times worse than outdoor air quality! This can trigger asthma attacks and cause dizziness, nausea and even cancer; yet each year, more than 1 million gallons of high-VOC paint thinners and multi-purpose solvents are sold in Southern California alone. If left unchecked, cleaning and other consumer products will eventually surpass cars to become the largest source of VOCs in California.
Making your own household cleaners is a great way to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals and save money! Download our print-and-cut Greener Cleaner recipe cards in English and Spanish.
Federal and State Government Sites
To find out more or get involved, contact Luis Cabrales at (213) 223 – 6868.