Whereas health foods and natural health are now well established and accepted by large numbers of people, the concept of the “Healthy Home” is novel to most people. Ironically, the same people who select “natural “ personal care products and organic foods are still likely to choose furnishing, paints and DIY items made of materials containing the very burden of chemical additives that they have rejected for food and body care.
Very little is yet known about acceptable concentrations and exposure levels of any of the new pollutants, or about what may constitute and “unreasonable risk”. A manufacturer’s evaluation should be subject to checks and final approval by independent government bodies, which should also monitor the substances uses and concentrations. Most governments, however, cannot keep pace with the deluge of new chemicals and controls are weakening despite efforts by consumer and pressure groups.
Ref.: The Natural House Book