Hundreds of toxic chemicals known to have harmful effects ranging from childhood asthma to endocrine disruption and even cancer are present in the air in our homes due to consumer goods, including plastics, cleaning products, furniture, fabrics and so on. The dangerous mix of chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis can be observed in the dust that accumulates in our houses, which has been shown to contain substances such as (but not limited to):
- Pyrethroid pesticides
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
- Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT);
- Phenolic substances (used as disinfectants and detergents);
- Organotin compounds (OTs, used as biocides)
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The contamination of the environment is proof of the lack of regulations protecting it, and thus there is no other way but to expand the organics regulations to cover all products, services and production stages. The Organics Council ® maintains that not just food but all that humans produce and use shall be part of an all-encompassing environmental protection plan.