Increasingly, studies show that building materials directly affect human health. Did you know?
26 million Americans suffer from Asthma
These rates have been increasing since 1980. Asthma is linked to chemicals commonly found in paints, adhesives, floors, carpet and foam insulation.¹
Cancer is the #2 cause of death in the United States
Cancer is linked to chemicals including cadmium, lead and mercury—metals commonly found in a variety of building materials.²
12% of couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy
Chemicals like BPAs and phthalates, present the greatest threat to reproductive health in both men and women.³
1 in 68 American children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder is linked to a variety of environmental factors, including prenatal exposure to certain pesticides, mercury, BPA and early childhood exposure to air pollution.⁴
Babies are born with 287 industrial chemicals in their bodies. These chemicals are linked to human diseases. Many of these health risks can be avoided if we make better choices about the things we bring into our homes.
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1. Nearly 1 in 12 Americans suffer from asthma.
2. Although mortality is declining, leukemia, brain cancer, and other childhood cancers have increased by more than 20% since 1975.
3. The risk of breast cancer has tripled from more than 1 in 20 to 1 in 7 in the last forty years.
4. As of 2008, nearly 1 in 6 children has a learning or developmental disability.