Yourwellness Magazine Explores WHO Report on Household Chemicals

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With a recent report from WHO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) stating that many synthetic chemicals could have a significantly damaging impact on human health and the environment, Yourwellness Magazine took a closer look at household chemicals, and some of the alternatives that could lessen this damage.

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We urgently need more research to obtain a fuller picture of the health and environment impacts of endocrine disruptors.

According to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WHO, entitled the State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, many synthetic chemicals which are yet to be tested for their disrupting effects on the hormone system, could have significant health and environmental implications. “We urgently need more research to obtain a fuller picture of the health and environment impacts of endocrine disruptors,” said Dr Maria Neira, WHO’s Director for Public Health and Environment.

For UN Under Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, “Chemical products are increasingly part of modern life and support many national economies, but the unsound management of chemicals challenges the achievement of key development goals, and sustainable development for all.” He added that more research can help in “reducing risks, maximizing benefits and spotlighting more intelligent options and alternatives that reflect a transition to a green economy.”

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine investigated the use of chemical-based cleaners in the home, explaining how their effects may damage health and the environment. Yourwellness Magazine reported, “One of the key problems with chemical-based cleaners is the manner in which they’re disposed of. The vast majority of them are washed down the sink and once chemical-levels accumulate, especially in densely populated town and cities – they produce waste which eventually comes into contact with the water-table and the rest of environment.”

The article explained how the two main chemicals in household cleaners – ammonia and Butoxyethanol, can damage the environment, noting accelerated plant growth, un-natural life-cycles and decay, disrupted natural biosphere, excessive weed growth and acid-saturated soil as some of the problematic outcomes of chemical exposure. They also listed that these chemicals, and the type of plastic cleaning products are packaged in, can physical deficiencies and potential diseases in animals.

However, Yourwellness Magazine gave readers some eco-friendly alternatives, such as lemon juice, vinegar and caustic soda, which can be effective household cleaners.

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