Health issues

At the end of the day, humans are a species of animal and the Earth is our habitat. Like all living things, our health and wellbeing can be influenced by our living environment.

Recent years have seen increases in asthma, eczema, hay fever and allergies around the world, with the highest incidences in affluent countries.

The rate of asthma increases as communities adopt western lifestyles and become urbanised.

Source: The World Health Organisation report The Global Burden of Asthma

While scientists are struggling to explain the precise link between asthma and allergies and the level of economic development, it is known that there are a number of environmental asthma triggers including pollution, wood smoke, dust, chemicals and strong smells, changes in weather and temperature, and food additives.

Asthma and allergies aren’t alone in having environmental factors. A recent global analysis of both behavioural and environmental causes of cancer published in journal The Lancet listed nine factors that could be tackled to prevent cancer and save literally thousands of lives. Included in the list were smoking, urban pollution and indoor air pollution.

  • Green products avoid or reduce the use of chemicals that either harm the local environment in the region of the factory where they are made or that lead to poor indoor air quality in the homes where they are used.
  • Good green food avoids the use of additives that add to the environmental cost of producing the food and that are potentially bad for the health of people who eat them.
  • If you or a member of your household suffers from allergies, asthma or other sensitivities, knowing the individual triggers and choosing greener products accordingly can go a long way towards making life healthier and more comfortable.