It is scary to read it but it is true, nine out of ten children breathe polluted air. It is not Airlite that says this – the WHO (World Health Organisation) in its alarming research entitled “Air Pollution and Child Health”.
From this research it is clear that the problem does not concern only developing countries, as one might be led to think, but also industrialized countries where pollution thresholds are often exceeded, such as the level of fine particles.
Another fact to highlight is that Italy is one of the countries with the highest environmental pollution: over 98% of children and young people are exposed to too high levels of pollutants.
What are the risks and how can you improve the situation?
Pollution and effects on children’s health
According to the Istituto Superiore della Sanità, among the main effects connected to pollution and found in children we have:
- Reduced lung function
- Asthma and respiratory tract infections
- Problems in neurobehavioral development
The ISS then points out that these symptoms also have consequences in adulthood, making the individual more vulnerable.
But it is not only outdoor pollution that is to be feared.
How much does indoor air health affect the little ones?
Closed environments also have their impact on the quality of the air breathed by children, especially in more developed countries, such as Italy, where over 90% of the time is spent indoors.
And it is not just the home environment, but also schools, for example, where it has been shown that in September asthma attacks triple in conjunction with the resumption of school activities.
The closed or sealed areas are more polluted because you add external pollutants with internal ones, such as smoking, cooking food, materials emissions such as furniture and paint.
This means that much can be done to improve the quality of the air breathed by children even by intervening in the indoor environment, which is the one over which you have the most direct control.
Some precautions you can take to purify the air in your home and thus protect children’s health are:
- Constantly ventilate the rooms, as it helps to control temperature and humidity, improving living comfort
- Keep humidity in check as it creates the perfect environment for mould, viruses and bacteria to grow
- Avoid using chemicals, as they emit VOCs
- Pay close attention to building materials and paints, as they generate most of the pollutants present in buildings.
Sustainable and certified building materials are certainly a good starting point for better air quality, such as Airlite, the ecological and green paint that turns your home into a forest.
Purify your home air with Airlite
Airlite is an innovative mineral paint whose technology gives it unique properties. In fact, it is applied like a normal paint (it is available in more than 180 colours) but has the ability of a forest to reduce environmental pollutants.
You can therefore take advantage of Airlite’s ability to improve indoor air quality and thus safeguard the health of your son or daughter.
But what are these properties?
- Anti-pollution properties: among the chemical pollutants Airlite acts in particular on nitrogen and sulphur oxides, neutralizing them and rendering them inert thanks to the action of the sun’s rays in a completely natural and 100% ecological way.
- Antibacterial properties: Airlite also acts on organic pollutants, such as bacteria and superbugs present on the surfaces of the walls, eliminating them at 99.9%. It does this thanks to the combined action of surface oxidation and the high alkalinity it gives to the walls on which it is applied.
- Antiviral properties: important studies have shown Airlite’s ability to eliminate viruses, making it an excellent ally in the prevention and safeguarding of health.
- Anti- mould properties: Airlite allows to prevent and eliminate moulds that proliferate in humid and poorly ventilated environments. How does it do it? Creating an inhospitable environment for their formation thanks to its natural properties.
- Self-cleaning properties: Airlite prevents dust from adhering to the walls on which it is applied, thus preventing the formation of dirt. It does this by creating a thin film that repels particles and bounces them off.
- Anti-odour properties: odours, especially those originating from the emission of VOCs, are also responsible for environmental pollution. Airlite as a natural and ecological paint does not emit VOC but rather helps to neutralise odours.