Basics of Green and Sustainable Chemistry

Green Chemistry (also known as sustainable chemistry) is defined as the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous and toxic substances. The goal of green chemistry is to create better, safer chemicals while choosing the safest, most efficient ways to manufacture them while reducing waste. According to the EPA, Green Chemistry: Prevents pollution at the molecular level Is a philosophy that applies to all areas of chemistry, not a single discipline of chemistry Applies innovative scientific solutions to real-world environmental problems Results in source reduction because it prevents the generation of pollution Reduces the negative impacts of chemical products and processes on human health and the environment Lessens and sometimes eliminates hazard from existing products and processes Designs chemical products and processes to reduce their intrinsic hazards Green Chemistry has 12 fundamental principles, which address a range of ways to reduce the environmental and health impacts of chemical production and indicate research priorities for the development of green chemistry technologies. Green chemistry is beneficial to human health and the environment while still supporting economy and business growth.    Human Health: Lessening the amount of toxic chemicals in our air and water systems leads to less ingestion of these chemicals, resulting in cleaner drinking water and less damage to our bodies. The use of green chemistry allows for safer consumer products and safer foods on the markets, decreasing our exposure to toxins such as endocrine disruptors, irritants, or cancer-causing chemicals.   Environment: Green chemicals are biodegradable or are recovered and reused, resulting in less use of landfills, especially hazardous waste landfills. Plants and animals suffer less harm from toxic chemicals in the environment, and there is a decreased potential for global warming, ozone depletion, and smog formation.   Economy and Business: Green chemistry reduces waste, eliminates costly remediation, hazardous waste disposal, and end-of-the-pipe treatments. Since the chemicals are better and safer for use, less product is needed to achieve the same function. It also allows for the reduced use of petroleum products, slowing their depletion and avoiding their hazards and price fluctuations.   All of this sounds great – but what does it mean for you?   Utilizing green cleaning products is an easy way to control the amount of toxins you release onto yourself, your family, your community and your surrounding environment. The chemicals in standard cleaning products can damage your lungs as much as smoking cigarettes. Just because it smells fresh and clean doesn't mean it is.   The Embed Hygiene Defence product line-up is a guaranteed way to eliminate harsh chemicals from your FEC's air and surfaces. Non-toxic. Safe for families and society's most vulnerable: children and the elderly. Plus, it’s longer-lasting and more effective than harsh industrial cleaners—non-corrosive, non-abrasive, and non-irritant. The products speak for themselves.

Is Your Air-Conditioning Helping Spread COVID-19?

Now that summer is on its way and lockdown orders are being lifted, reports have surfaced that air conditioners may be a factor in COVID-19 spread especially in public places, like your family entertainment center, office, or restaurants. It has to do with the way an air-conditioner works. When an air-conditioner is turned on, air flow from the vent pushes droplets through the air and potentially into other people. Remember, while air conditioning might make a room feel fresher on a warm day, it’s simply recycled existing air.   Like yourself, responsible operators can help mitigate exposure of harmful contaminants that pose health risks to your employees and guests by cleaning the airborne pollutants and mould in your premises, reducing the potential spread of COVID. Here are 3 ways you can play your part with Embed Hygiene Defence products:

VOCs Explained

Research shows that customers emerging from the pandemic are only going to places they perceive as clean and safe, forcing business owners to implement stricter cleaning protocols. But this accelerated cleaning pace equals higher chemical exposure with higher health stakes. Cleaning your facility with industrial cleaners (that contain toxic chemicals) can increase Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the air and leave yourself, your staff, guests, and your community vulnerable to other health risks. Here's what we know about the risk of inhaling VOCs:

Phosphates 101

Do you know what's in the cleaning products you use? Many industrial cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can have adverse effects on the environment. When people clean their homes, businesses, dishes, or carpets with products containing unsafe ingredients, most of these harmful substances wash down the drain and into our wastewater treatment system. Phosphates are one of the most recognizable ingredients that appear in cleaning products. Here's what we know about this ingredient:

Like Oil & Water - The Problem with Emulsifiers.

When trying to choose a safe and effective cleaner, it's easy to get disoriented with unfamiliar and hard-to-understand, not intuitive ingredient lists. Reading a cleaning product label often feels like cracking a code, with chemicals that sound intimidating and hard-to-pronounce names. And, invariably, the reader gives up trying to understand, and thinks "how harmful can it be? It can't be that bad if it's on the shelf in a grocery store."   Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are similarly-named chemicals that are often confused. They are commonly used as an emulsifying cleaning substance. An emulsifier is a substance that binds oil molecules with water molecules into a homogenous substance. Think, Italian Salad Dressing, the oil and water separate naturally, which is why you have to shake the bottle before pouring it onto a salad. SLS and SLES are commonly used in household cleaning products (laundry detergents, spray cleaners, and dishwasher detergents), these two ingredients may sound the same, but they are very different.

Chlorine Bleach Exposed

It’s likely you grew up with a container of bleach in your home. Most people are conditioned to think that whiter whites mean clean and that bleach is essential for laundry, cleaning, and disinfecting bathrooms and other surfaces. Have you recently checked the labels of your cleaning products? You may be surprised how many of those contain chlorine bleach.

Who's Afraid of A Little Formaldehyde?

Are you familiar with the smell that knocks your socks off from your newly re-opened shop? What about that strong smell that annoys you at the salon or the strong scent of disinfectants when you clean the surfaces in your home or business? These aren’t “smells,” they are fumes from the formaldehyde content of the cleaning and beauty products you may be using or are exposed to in your daily life. Formaldehyde can be found in your laundry and dish detergent, fabric softener, body wash, air fresheners, and even the products for your pets. Don't forget about paint, fertilizers, pesticides, and many cleaning solutions used in our home and workplace.

1,4-Dioxane 101

The post-pandemic accelerated cleaning pace equals higher chemical exposure with higher health stakes, and the risk of your business going up in flames (literally). It's vital to the health of your guests, employees, and your business to be informed about what chemicals are in your cleaning products. 1,4 Dioxane is possibly the most infamous ingredient that appears in cleaning products. Here's what we know about this ingredient:   1,4-Dioxane is an industrial solvent and stabilizer produced as a byproduct during manufacturing, not an intentionally added ingredient. Because 1,4-dioxane is a byproduct, the FDA and EPA do not require manufacturers to list the chemical in their ingredient lists. The compound is classified as a possible human carcinogen linked to organ toxicity, cancer and more.    Short-term exposure to 1,4-dioxane may cause eye, nose, and throat irritation; long-term exposure may cause kidney and liver damage. Laboratory studies show that exposure to 1,4-dioxane over a lifetime causes cancer in animals. The skin exposure of animals to 1,4-dioxane has demonstrated that it can increase cancer-causing properties of other chemicals. 1,4-Dioxane is highly flammable and can become explosive if exposed to light or air.   Embed Hygiene Defence provides the best uncompromised non-toxic protection to the industry's employees and guests and keeps your business safe from fire hazards. Non-flammable and non-toxic, Embed Hygiene Defence products are stronger than harsh industrial cleaners without the toxicity. Safe for families and society's most vulnerable: families with children and the elderly.

Triclosan 101

Do you know what’s in the products you use? Did you know that everything you use or are exposed to is absorbed via your breath, your skin, glands, and hair follicles? Did you know that controversial chemicals are lurking in your soap, body wash, toothpaste, and cleaning solutions? It's usually found in antibacterial products, disinfectants, cosmetics, even in clothing, toys, kitchenware, and furniture. It could be in your yoga mats too! So what’s this controversial chemical taking part in our daily lives, and how safe is it for us considering it's an anti-microbial agent?

Just Because It Smells Fresh & Clean Doesn’t Mean It Is

Whether it’s your home, car, or workplace, you use cleaners every day to make your environment and surroundings safe and non-hazardous. The cleaning products you use make the difference between a safe and sanitary environment or a blackhole of harmful invisible chemicals. Manufacturers use fragrances to mask the harsh smell of chemicals in most cleaning products and distract you from the health risks associated with inhaling and absorbing the chemicals they are made from.    One of the most common chemicals used when making fragrances is phthalates, which make scents remain for a longer period. Though manufacturers aren’t required to specifically list phthalates on the label, any product with a fragrance like “tropical breeze” or “floral mist” (especially if advertised as “long-lasting”) will almost always include phthalates. Excessive exposure to phthalates has been linked to various health and neurological conditions, including asthma, ADHD, breast cancer, endocrine disruption, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development, and male fertility issues.   You can significantly reduce your exposure to phthalates by choosing fragrance-free or all-natural organic cleaners whenever possible. At Embed, we offer an alternative. Embed Hygiene Defence products are stronger than harsh industrial cleaners without the toxicity, killing 99.9% wide spectrum pathogens, including COVID-19 on contact, airborne bacteria, viruses, fungi spores and more... it purifies the air! In addition, Embed Hygiene Defence products are environmentally friendly, being free of parabens, phthalates, triclosan, 1,4 dioxane, formaldehyde, chlorine bleach, SLS (sodium lauryl sulphates), or SLES, phosphates, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, harsh solvents, VOCs.

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