Hospitals and cleanrooms need 100% sterile, germ-free environments for effective functioning and this is why they need regular disinfecting. But the same is not true for our homes.
The story of India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has been focused more on the optics than the fundamentals of enabling access to sanitation so far. This needs to change for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to truly become the pathbreaking success it can be.
Cleaning septic tanks and sewerage systems in India is often accompanied by loss of life because we still ask humans to get into septic tanks and manholes to clean them. It doesn’t have to be this way. We have a natural solution that is much easier and better for the environment too.
Our endocrine systems ensure that our bodies self-regulate by releasing hormones essential for metabolism, growth and development and tissue function, among other things. But the chemical-based cleaners we use at home are not just harming our environment at home, they are also endangering our endocrine systems, affecting our health on many levels.
We have all heard about and read about oil spills in the ocean, killing marine life and harming ecosystems around the world. Equally deadly are oil spills on land. And chemical solutions to treat them end up harming the environment too. The answer lies in nature.
Most food we consume nowadays is contaminated in some way or another. Not just processed foods, but even fresh produce. And one of the major contributors to this chemical contamination are the cleaning agents we use at home.
Solid waste management is fast becoming an urban crisis in cities all across India. Managing this will require individuals to also support civic bodies and be conscious of the waste they generate. An ideal start would be waste segregation and for all housing societies to start composting organic waste.
One of the biggest issues affecting health, hygiene, sanitation, air and water quality and how our cities step into the future is urban waste management. Mountains of garbage dotting landfills all over urban India are not just an eyesore but an urgent crisis we need to resolve immediately.
Keeping washrooms odour-free is one of the biggest challenges at offices everywhere. Using air fresheners is not the solution because they don’t address the root cause. The solution is our OB Care range of products.
Everywhere you go, you will see the virtues of antibacterial cleaning being touted by all and sundry. But the entire antibacterial approach to cleaning is actually causing us more harm than we know and we need to ask ourselves if antibacterial chemicals deserve a place in our homes, offices and environment.