Environmentally friendly cleaning products will help with safety, air quality and environment, officials say

A Vermont bill that requires public and independent schools to purchase environmentally preferable cleaning products and air fresheners was passed recently.

Schools often have to deal with poor indoor air quality.

The bill aims to protect school children and staff from toxic chemicals in cleaning agents that have been linked to a wide range of health symptoms, including asthma and cancer.

A similar switch happened in 2004 for all state buildings in Vermont.

According to some officials, many Vermont schools are already using greener and environmentally friendly cleaning products.

More and more schools are participating in the EPA’s Tools for Schools program, which offers tips and tricks to make the school environment safer and healthier.

While some opponents warn about higher costs initially, advocates say the bill will ultimately save money due to illness and absenteeism.

Schools that made the switch reported fewer cases of asthma, nausea and headaches, advocates say.

Source: Bennington Banner

Improve indoor air quality in schools

Even with greener cleaning products, many schools still have to deal with indoor air pollution caused by building materials, mold and moisture problems, poor ventilation, personal care products and other sources.

Room air purifiers with activated carbon and HEPA for individual classrooms.

While opening windows helps a lot to improve indoor air quality, extreme weather, very cold or hot temperatures, outdoor air pollution and noise may stand in the way.

Portable air cleaners with activated carbon and HEPA can help remove indoor air pollutants continuously and provide cleaner air.

Activated carbon can remove airborne chemicals, gases, odors and fumes, while HEPA traps dust, particles, pollen and other irritants. Optional UV germicidal filtration can provide extra protection by neutralizing contaminants such as bacteria, viruses and mold.

Electrocorp offers industrial-strength air cleaners for schools and universities that use environmentally friendly and recyclable materials.

Contact Electrocorp for more information and options.

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