Who's to Blame for the Toxicity in Everyday Products?

Toxic chemicals in consumer products pose unnecessary and avoidable health hazards to consumers, communities, and our environment. Some of the most dangerous chemicals can be found frequently in your everyday life. The chemicals in everything from your shampoo and cleaning products to your food and drinking water have been found to cause many illnesses and health issues, including cancer. According to the EPA, less than 1% of chemicals used in consumer products have received thorough testing for human safety. 

Are Green Products Really More Expensive?

Nowadays, organic products appear in all facets of life, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear, and even the cars we drive. Since COVID-19, the topic of health and sanitation has gained popularity - as has green cleaning. On the surface, green cleaning makes a lot of sense; you’re using products that do not contain harmful chemicals that could damage our eyes, skin, and lungs. But, when we hear the words “organic” or “green,” many of us have an immediate gut reaction: healthier but unaffordable compared to standard products. (who could forget when the mainstream referred to Whole Foods as "Whole Paycheck"). While society promotes a healthy lifestyle, a significant roadblock is the sharp price increase that comes with it. There is no arguing that there is a correlation between organic products and price increase; the issue comes down to whether money saved outweighs the real cost in the long-term. What if the benefits of green cleaning could save you money in the end? Would these potential savings in other aspects of life justify the price increase of buying organic products? Below are a few reasons that prove why making the switch to green cleaning products is worth it in the long run. It's a matter of life and death.  Organic Cleaners Last Longer – Organic cleaners have higher concentration levels requiring less solution for each use. Using less, a bottle that is the same size as a standard cleaner can last 2-3x as long, making the cost per use less expensive than the mainstream toxic competitors. Organic Products Help Belongings Last Longer – Conventional cleaning products are laced with toxic and harmful chemicals that cause your equipment and products to deteriorate faster than using natural, green products. Organic Cleaners Can Prevent Costs Associated with Standard Cleaning – Conventional cleaners can pose severe health and safety risks to workers. There are an estimated 40 to 60 chemical injuries per year for every 1,000 workers; most are chemical burns to the eyes and skin and damage to the respiratory system. Nationally, these injuries cost about $25 million per year in workers’ compensation and lost time. (Barron and Sutherland, Ibid, pp 6-7). Switching to organic cleaners are a way to ensure that your staff and customers are not at risk. Overall Long Term Health Risks of Ongoing Exposure – Conventional cleaning products are are well known for their ability to get the dirty jobs done, but their version of clean comes with a high health cost. 97% of the USA population has Shout, Lysol, Windex, Clorox, Tide, and Pledge in their homes (according to the Environmental Working Group). If you study the ingredients list in these products, the ingredients are not transparent, they hide the true toxic ingredients under "secret patented cleaning formulas," that penetrate the body via breath and skin and impact the endocrine system (the endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among many other things.) and the impact of these toxic ingredients form "endocrine disruptors" that can lead to a long list of health issues, including autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune diseases and disorders cannot be cured, but they can be treated with a lifetime of medication. Living your life managing a chronic disorder seems like a very high price.   While the price tag may appear to be a higher upfront cost than the competition, there are many serious reasons that compels making the switch to green cleaners as more cost-effective in the long run (including quality of life, can anyone put a price tag on that?). These products are safer to use and made with sustainable materials, but they can also prevent costs accrued from medical bills, higher medical premiums, replacing equipment and paying injured workers. At Embed, we offer a green cleaning solution - 100% natural and non-toxic. The Embed Hygiene Defence range consists of Floor and Surface Cleaners, and the Airborne Defence System (which purifies the air), are more effective and longer-lasting than industrial cleaners without the toxic health risks. It kills 99.9% wide spectrum of pathogens including bacteria, fungi, and mold. Experience the Embed Hygiene Defence difference in your home and business today!

7 Reopening Strategies That Offer Guests Safe, Clean, Fun

2020 has been a year of change for everyone around the globe, forcing us all to adjust our way of life and reinvent ourselves. Some people have taken up new hobbies, like baking, knitting, or spending more time with family. Others have created personal goals to complete during their downtime. The focus on every business owner's mind is how to save their business and restore their pre-COVID glory. While the family entertainment industry's overall foundation has remained, many components of the business operations and service offerings will need to be reevaluated upon return. A new type of guest is emerging from the pandemic lockdown, and the success of any FEC relies on their ability to show how their business has adapted and reinvented themselves based on the new guidelines. Although each business model is unique, there are some key strategies centered around hygiene, safety, and communication that any FEC should use to move toward a successful and safe reopening.

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.

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