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Toxic materials that we risk breathing but also touching or wearing, even if not ingesting. Without becoming an obsession, it is important in everyday life to surround yourself with beautiful things that are also well done, that is not with toxic materials that can lead to health problems in the short or long term.
We talk about toxic waste which are waste materials that can cause death, injury or birth defects in living creatures. These materials become harmful when they are waste and are dispersed in the environmentand polluting the air and soil. Here are some examples: asbestos, chlorine, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), radioactive substances or heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury. Toxic materials are toxic even before they are thrown in the trash and it is best to avoid having them around.
Toxic materials: list
Toxic materials aren't just products of industrial and commercial origin, but also those for domestic use, much closer to us than we think. There may be substances harmful to our health and that of our animals even in cleaning products, in batteries, in cosmetics and in some gardening products, in certain drugs.
Who deals with agriculture or eats its products, so almost all of them can come into contact with toxic materials through chemical fertilizers and pesticides, there are also risks concerning products linked to plants dry wash but they are certainly less easy to cross in everyday life.
There is no particular form that i toxic materials take, can appear as gas, as solid or liquid form, can therefore penetrate our body in different ways and in the same way going to pollute rivers and lakes, soil and air.
Toxic materials: construction
Asbestos and the like are examples of toxic materials used in construction. There are others less known but which can damage those who live in some buildings or "intoxicated" areas. In this sector there are legislative decrees that indicate which ones dangerous substances and products we find in construction.
There are those stickers, for floors, walls and ceilings, those additives, for concrete and cementitious mortars, those detergents for masonry. Some products used to carry out protective and decorative treatments of walls or metals, or wooden parts or floors, are also harmful. The plasters based on resins or silicates, foam-based insulators and some solvents can be toxic.
Chinese toxic materials
They are the most famous toxic materials those contained in some Chinese counterfeit products which, not having passed the controls and not being regulated by the CE legislation, risk being really harmful and harmful. We often talk about non-approved toys, or products to celebrate Christmas, but we must also think to clothes and shoes causing irritation, disease, infection, if they contain toxic materials.
It is not always easy to intercept products that contain toxic substances, the Chinese ones are the most widespread in Italy and law enforcement agencies carry out often seizures.
There should be, to stop the phenomenon, even a greater hold of awareness on the part of those who buy, attracted by low prices, so that the market is no longer thriving. Another important action to avoid Chinese toxic materials in circulation is the guarantee complete traceability and transparency of the supply chain.
Toxic materials in the house
Even at home, if not we inform ourselves accurately and carefully, we risk introducing materials that are toxic. There are some more frequent than others including for example phthalates, employed in the production of plastics and cosmetic products such as body creams, deodorants and perfumes and which can cause the acceleration of menopause, mental, motor and behavioral disorders in the unborn child or encourage the onset of diseases such as diabetes.
Pesticides are toxic materials that can also reach the home, then there is the bisphenol A, sometimes present in plastics also used for food. At home, in fish, we can risk finding heavy metals such as mercury, other metals can be used in furniture production, in this case we are talking about arsenic and chromium. Air fresheners may contain i volatile organic compounds.
Toxic materials in mattresses
In the production of mattresses as well as of carpets, cushions, flame retardants can be used PBDE which we also find in telephones, computers, televisions, electronic games, dog and cat kennels. They are toxic materials as much as formaldehyde, used in production of cosmetics, furniture, coatings, including mattresses.
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