Everyday cleaning and cosmetic products contribute to air pollution
Everyday cleaning and cosmetic products contribute to air pollution - short science news - Earth

An alarming finding has been reported by a new study investigating the quality of air in the Los Angeles city area. After measuring the level of air pollutants, scientists discovered that soap, perfumes and paints, common everyday products used in many households, contribute to air pollution almost to the same level as cars and industrial activities. The findings are surprising, but they are explained by the fact that many chemicals in common household products have their origin in oil and natural gas, rich sources of pollutants. The study has implications for reducing air pollution and likely new standards will be required to achieve this aim.

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