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Dangers in the air we breathe

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 15% of chronic diseases are caused by poor air quality. Every day we are exposed to harmful pollutants such as exhaust gases, industrial waste, plastic residues, and other toxic materials.

When we use antibiotics, they can cause the development of new, stronger, and more resistant bacteria for our immune system. Everyday our health deteriorates simply by breathing bad air.

The numbers are alarming. According to the World Health Organisation, seven million deaths per year are linked to air pollution, mainly caused by nitrogen oxides. In London, approximately 9,500 premature deaths occur each year due to air pollution in the city according to Kings College, London. It is estimated that every resident of a polluted city loses a year’s life expectancy.

These health risks and pollutants are not only just outside, but also inside our homes. External air pollution becomes trapped in our homes. We also have domestic items such as traditional paints, furniture, household hygiene products, and other VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) that cause us to breathe polluted air.

These substances in some cases are very toxic, and the effects of which include eye, nose and throat irritation, headache, nausea, dizziness, and asthma, depending on concentration. Even worse, in the long run they may generate chronic effects that include damage to the kidneys, liver and central nervous system. Prolonged exposure to compounds such as benzene and formaldehyde may be responsible for the development of cancer. We all should choose carefully what we put in our homes.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 738719