National Clean Air Day
"Indoor air pollution needs to be taken as seriously as outdoor air pollution" say s the RCP and RCPCH
(TRING, Hertfordshire, 21 June 2018) We spend 90% of our time indoors where the air can be 3-5 times more polluted than the air outside. Professor Stephen Holgate of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has stated that 9,000 people a year are dying due to the air they breathe indoors (five times more than those who die in car accidents).
Airtopia, a social enterprise dedicated to educating the public on how to live healthier by improving their indoor air quality (IAQ), is proud to support the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) as they announce their working group to study the effects of indoor air pollution on children’s health and what can be done to combat it. (Please see the attached press release from the RCPCH/RCP announcing the working group.)
An official partner of National Clean Air Day, Airtopia has been working hard to raise public awareness of indoor air quality. With Beama, it conducted a campaign in Parliament, testing the IAQ of 26 offices throughout the estate, helping lawmakers understand what indoor air pollution is and how it can be improved.
Successful entrepreneur and founder of Airtopia, David Evans MBE, said, ‘When she was very young, my daughter Matilda asked me to help ‘save the planet.’ 15.3 million U.K. houses suffer from ‘toxic home syndrome.’ 5.4 million people suffer from asthma. If we can change the way people live in their homes, we may dramatically reduce illnesses associated with poor indoor air quality, ranging from respiratory disease and allergies, to cancer, dementia and heart disease. I want to honour my daughter’s dream and help children throughout the U.K. That is why I am proud Airtopia will support the working group, which will bring much needed research and attention to the issue.’
Indoor air quality is impacted by thermal comfort (heat and humidity) as well as pollutants, including CO2, formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds and mould. Sources include construction materials, wood burners, gas stoves, flooring, new furniture and soft furnishings, scented air fresheners, cleaning products, toiletries like shampoo, liquid soap and nail varnish, paint (which can emit VOCs for eight months), glue, pets, and cigarettes (the toxins from which can spread through rooms, linger for hours and become absorbed in furniture and carpets).
Airtopia is a social enterprise that provides scientific yet practical screening to measure domestic indoor air quality (IAQ). The tests were developed with a lab that has performed over 60,000 tests worldwide. Airtopia helps make homes, and the people who live in them, healthier. Please visit www.airtopia.co.uk.
Airtopia Media Relations
Note to Editors:
- Time spent indoors: BEAMA
- Indoor air pollution verses outdoor: US EPA
- Profession Stephen Holgate’s quote: attached press release
- Annual car fatalities in the UK: UK Government statistics
- Number of houses with toxic home syndrome: BEAMA
- Number of people in the UK with asthma: Asthma.org
- IAQ pollutants and sources: Airtopia