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A cleaner school environment

Have you ever checked what cleaning chemicals your children’s school routinely uses to clean classrooms, toilets and general traffic areas? Large cleaning tasks such as public buildings and, of course, schools often use strong, chemical-laden cleaning products for an efficient clean that meets stipulated hygiene standards. But when you think about the fact that our children spend around thirty hours per week in these environments, it is useful to ask the question about how cleaning chemicals might be affecting them in the day-to-day, and in any longer terms health issues. Frequent headaches or nausea, asthma and eczema and even poor concentration have been linked to chemicals in the environment and may be impacting on children’s behaviour and wellbeing.

Whether a classroom, or a office block, we all have a right to a clean environment and if the cleaning products being used are adding to the toxic load then it is important to ask for a review of the chemicals used to bring about a greener and healthier workspace. Take a moment to check the next opportunity you get.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world.

 

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