On World Health Day 2022 Sam Greaves, managing director of cleaning product manufacturer Cleenol Group, explains how modest changes to our lifestyles can contribute to a healthier future.
In addition to challenges created by the global pandemic, many millions of people are now facing challenges relating to climate change, air pollution, water shortages, and an increase in adverse health conditions such as asthma, cancer and heart disease.
Poor decisions made by individuals, and commercial and political entities are contributing to the health and climate crisis we are facing, with The World Health Organization (WHO) estimating that over 13 million deaths each year are attributable to “avoidable environmental causes”. Considering 90 per cent of the global population breathes polluted air, it’s time to do things differently.
The objective of WHO’s World Health Day is to promote a healthier planet for humans: a world where clean air, water and food are available to anyone, no matter where they are on the planet. It aims to raise awareness and make us think about our actions and how we can contribute to a healthier tomorrow.
How can we all contribute to a healthier future?
Becoming responsible global citizens and assuming responsibility for decisions we make is the starting point to contributing to a healthier future, particularly when it comes to thinking about ways we can change how we live and work.
But smaller changes also have an impact, including driving less to reduce our vehicle emissions or the risk of asthma, or consciously limiting our use of plastics, chemicals or packaging.
In today’s cleaning sector, many manufacturers produce products that are designed to be kinder to our health and the environment, reducing the impact of chemicals on indoor air quality (IAQ) and aquatic toxicity levels.
So implementing lifestyle choices that reduce the impact of the human footprint on the entire planet whilst supporting each other’s health and wellbeing, is now easier than ever before.