Industry response to Study Examining Effects of Cleaning Product Chemicals

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) issued the following statement in response to research published in the journal Science – and related news coverage – discussing the potential effects of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in consumer products, including cleaning products:

"The findings of research on the estimated emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in many consumer products, including some cleaning products, need to be put into the context of changes manufacturers have made in these products.

"The fact is, in California – which is referenced in the study – regulators have placed limitations on the VOCs in most consumer products over the past three decades. Laundry and dishwashing products in particular have a minimal impact on VOC emissions overall through the selection of ingredients that biodegrade during wastewater treatment.

"The authors themselves note in their study:

"Most organic compounds in soaps and detergents dissolve in water and end up in sewer systems, with negligible amounts emitted from wastewater treatment plants."

"Media reports on this research ignore the steps that have been taken by manufacturers to manage the VOC emissions from their products."



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