Consumer products 'as bad as car fumes'
A new article in the journal Science claims that consumer packaged goods such as shampoo, paint, household cleaners and even perfume are an increasingly dominant source of air pollution.
The study focused on a class of chemical products that give off “volatile organic compounds,” or VOCs — petroleum-based odorous substances that, in outdoor air, can contribute to the formation of ozone or even dangerous small-particulate pollution. The research found that the contribution of these chemicals from CPG to the overall burden of VOCs has been significantly underestimated and is underrepresented in current inventories used to judge the sources of pollution.
The study says that chemicals from these products are interacting with sunlight and other substances, and undergoing other chemical reactions that contribute to outdoor air pollution.
The study's findings have been going viral on the Internet.
The findings, if correct, would seemingly have far-reaching implications for retailers and CPG companies who sell and manufacture these products.
Read the study here.