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What's a Phthalate?
Phthalates (pronounced tha-late) are used in plastics, vinyl and other items to make them flexible. They can be found in many everyday products such as: hygiene products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, glues, paints and floors.
There are scientific studies that show some phthalates may increase the sensitivity of those suffering from asthma and allergies, and may have a negative effect on our hormones. People inhale phthalates because they latch onto dust particles in the air.
While there is ongoing scientific debate about the use of phthalates, in 2013, Tarkett pro-actively removed phthalate-based plasticizers from our manufacturing cycle to ensure our customers receive products made from sustainable materials that contribute to healthy homes and healthy families. The phthalate-free plasticizers we use now are approved for food containers and toys intended to be placed in children’s mouths.
Although asthma and allergies are complicated medical conditions, there’s a lot that can be done to live a happier, healthier, symptom-free life. Talking to your or your child’s physician or certified nurse practitioner is a key step. Then educate yourself, so you can create a healthy home for your family.
Did you know?
5 Tips for a Healthy Home (PDF)
Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma. It affects more than 50 percent of asthma sufferers.
- More than 2.5 million children under age 18 suffer from allergic asthma.
- An estimated one in five adults and children (40 to 50 million people) in the United States are affected by allergies.
Here are five things you can do to start living a healthier, happier life.
||# 1 Get Connected
Chances are, since you’re reading this, you already know the internet is a great resource. Check out blogs and websites devoted to asthma and allergies. Many experts as well as other parents are online sharing their experiences. A couple sites to check out are:
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||# 2 Get Organized
Take the time to put all medical information, doctor’s contact information, and backup medications such as inhalers or epinephrine in one place. This will make travel easier. Keeping grandparents, teachers and babysitters in the loop will also be a snap.
# 3 Clear Out
Don’t give dust mites and other allergens a place to hide. Clean out closets and under the bed. Consider replacing heavy draperies and carpet with friendlier products such as FiberFloor.
What is FiberFloor?
FiberFloor is designed with woven fiberglass, foam and tough, resilient wear layers that stand up to water, moisture, scuffs, scratches and indentations. This certified asthma and allergy friendly alternative to linoleum flooring gives a fresh look to any room in your home.
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# 4 Open Those Windows
When the weather is warmer, open the windows to reduce humidity indoors and reduce the chances of mold growing in your home. A nice cross breeze can make a world of difference after a long winter of breathing in the same, stale air. Indoor air quality has a huge effect on our health, especially if you struggle with asthma or allergies. If pollen and other outdoor triggers are a concern, you can also improve indoor air quality with a certified HVAC/furnace filter.
What is indoor air quality and why does it matter to me?
Indoor air quality refers to the quality of air in and around enclosed buildings, and how that air affects the health and wellness of the building’s occupants. Many things can affect the air we breathe while we’re indoors: microbial toxins such as mold and bacteria, gases such as carbon monoxide and radon, and allergens and pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Poor indoor air quality can lead to health problems and even make allergies and asthma worse.
| # 5 Shop Smart
Look for Certified asthma & allergy friendly products when shopping. A list of Certified asthma & allergy friendly products can be found at the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) website: www.aafa.org/certified. AAFA’s list includes everything from toys to floors.
It’s also a good idea to educate yourself on product ingredients just like you would with food. With so many buzz words floating around lately, it’s difficult to know what to stay away from and what’s no big deal.
Healthy Floors. Healthy Homes.
- Allergy Report from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI) www.aaaai.org/home.aspx
- The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) www.aafa.org
- Cleveland Clinic www.clevelandclinic.org
- EPA www.epa.gov/iaq/is-imprv.html