25% of chemicals in the cleaning products used in schools are toxic, contributing to poor indoor air quality, smog, cancer, asthma, and other diseases. The EPA states:
From elementary school maintenance closets to high school chemistry labs, schools use a variety of chemicals. Some of the most essential chemicals are those that keep schools clean and safe for students to learn and grow. However, the chemicals used in cleaning products can sometimes be harmful to human health and to the environment.
Every day, schools across the country are switching to "green" cleaning products that are free of irritants that contribute to asthma, skin rashes, cancer, neurological problems and other health issues.
For information on a green cleaning program that "gives back," see the National Greening Your Schools Program from The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center. Products are packaged and shipped by the blind and visually impaired, and 100% of all proceeds go back to The Center for childrens health research, education and outreach.
The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology sells a line of green cleaning products. 100% of all profits benefit The Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer in Ribera, N.M. For more tips, sign up for the center's Greening Your Life newsletter.