Recent reports published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have presented that phthalates, quarternary ammonium compounds, chlorine, and triclosan are among the hidden toxins of regular cleaning products. These harmful chemicals are identified as human carcinogen and agents for boosting the multiplication of drug-resistant bacteria. Environmental contamination of these substances negatively affects the hormonal, reproductive, and metabolic processes in animals leading to infertility, malfunctioning of the internal organs, and cancer. Research studies of several government agencies, documentaries of health advocates, and latest media publications on the hazardous effects of regular cleaning products on human health and environment led the consumers to shift towards more environment-friendly cleaning supplies, recommending the use of eco-friendly cleaning products in resolving issues related to poisoning, pollution, and health issues.
Majority of modern cleaning products contain a group of chemicals that pose a bigger risk of acquiring liver damage, endocrine disruption, chronic bronchitis, skin irritation, and breeding of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Investigations had been performed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning the effects of repeated exposure to phthalates by means of direct contact or inhalation. Higher concentrations of these toxic chemicals are found in females due to frequent household cleaning. Corriher and Corriher (2013) found that the CDC “reported that phthalates can be found in the blood of most Americans; phthalates cause massive hormone disruptions, making them particularly damaging to women, and also cause cancer, birth defects, and fertility problems” (p. 155).
Understanding the Shift Towards Environmentally
Friendly Cleaning Products
From 2000 to 2014, 53 empirical articles have been conducted on a consumers buying behaviors in accordance with green products (Joshi & Rahman, 2015). Despite the large quantity of studies available, there are distinct contractions in the decision making process in green purchase behavior (Joshi & Rahman, 2015). Buying patterns are unique in that the decision making is based on a situational nature, rather than strict morals(Joshi & Rahman, 2015). These factors are divided into what is more likely to influence the buying nature of consumers. Consumers product functional attributes and environmental concern are two major determinants for purchase behavior for green products(Joshi & Rahman, 2015). This paper seeks to vaticinate the consumer’s green purchase behavior. To determine this behavior will help policymakers to formulate and implement strategies that are likely to encourage green purchasing. Encouragement in green purchasing would then, in turn, encourage environmental action to take place.
In Joshi and Rahman’s (2015) summary article reviewing 53 studies involving green purchasing, it was found that the consumers’ consumption of goods and services has increased dramatically around the world. Due to the depletion of major natural resources severe, and likely unrecoverable damage has been done to the environment (Chen & Chai, 2010). Global warming is one of the more serious repercussions and is responsible for the decline of fauna and flora, as well as an increase in environmental pollution(Chen & Chai, 2010). One of the ways that humans have coped with this reality is changing spending habits. More and more people are avoiding products that could cause direct environmental harm (Chan, 2001). The purchase of green products is measured as green purchase intention. This constitutes the consumers’ willingness to buy green or environmentally friendly products. Green purchase behavior is a mix of socially responsible behaviour, as well as ethical…
The Rise of Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products
The buzz around environmentally-friendly products has become more apparent in the recent years. While the increase of the impact of pollution to the earth continues, it is good to note that the number of more environmentally conscious consumers is on the rise as well. Tesco household goods product developer, Sanjeev Kaushal, reports, “Demand for eco-cleaning products in the UK is at an all-time high with shoppers more aware of how they can protect the planet through informed choices that start in their homes” (2018). This demand did not start automatically on its own, however. Factors affecting the concern and the shift towards the greener lifestyle started with the identification of a problem. According to Joshi & Rahman (2015), previous research has revealed that household products have contributed to the environmental damage by at least 40%. Had it not been for the information spread about what household products can or cannot do to the environment, the purchasing behavior of the market would have been static. This essay explores the factors for the increase of more environmentally friendly products and more environmentally conscious consumers, including the availability of information to support purchasing decisions, the consumers’ increase of willingness to spend more for the environment, and the government’s efforts at making legislations that encourage sustainability.
What Lies Behind the Shift to Green Cleaning Products?
There exist many cautionary examples of the adverse effects of traditional cleaning products upon both the environment and upon consumers. Their great expense frequently appears in a list of such bad effects, but less attention is paid to it than to the adverse environmental and health effects such products have. Even in economic research, one cannot altogether escape discussions of danger of this kind. One who wished to study the economic hardship traditional cleaning products impose might study the various costs associated with medical care for illnesses linked to exposure to harsh or hazardous chemicals. The ultimate incentive for the widespread shift toward the use of green cleaning products is the nontoxicity, and thus the safety, for the environment, and by extension, for consumers, of those products.
Glinton (2005) contends that a 340 billion-pound increase in the manufacture of synthetic organic chemicals between 1940 and 1980 has led to a sharp rise in the incidence of the condition known as Multiple-Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Symptoms include coughing, headaches, ear, eye, and nose irritation, fatigue and even depression. MCS is not a new phenomenon; early in the 1950s, Doctor Theron Randolph treated patients who were sensitive to levels of chemicals that were far below what the medical community considered lethal.The article does not speak to the prevalence of MCS because MCS is often misdiagnosed—even by doctors who specialize in the condition. However, Glinton suggests that as much as 15% of the American public suffers, to some degree, from hypersensitivity to everyday chemicals. Among the numerous chemical agents that cause the condition, Glinton lists traditional cleaning products, with their high concentrations of synthetic chemicals. In her discussion of implications of MCS for nursing, Glinton concludes that in a hospital setting, “only non-toxic cleaning
The Growing Eco-Friendly Product Market
There is little doubt that the environment has become a staple of twenty-first century concerns, both socially and politically. One of the dominant shifts within widespread environmental concerns has happened within the home, shown through the desire for environmentally friendly cleaning products. Eco-friendly cleaning products can range anywhere from hand soap to baby products and showcase a booming business. The sale of eco-cleaners was at $303 million in 2007, and has grew to to $640 million in 2011 (G., 2015). The most concrete reason for the shift to eco-friendly cleaning products is the concern mothers have for their children in today’s world. The concern of these mothers stem from interpersonal concerns relating directly to their children’s day to day lives, in addition to more widespread worries about maintaining a sustainable environment as part of their children’s futures.
One rising issue for mothers in today’s world is the growing rate of allergies among young children. Some children face bad allergic reactions in response to more traditional, non-environmentally friendly products. As a result, eco-friendly products are often brought into homes in attempts to curb bad allergic reactions or to soothe pre-existing conditions, like eczema (Lally, 2016). Although environmentally-friendly products are not the only way to avoid allergic reactions, and other options exist such as merely switching brands, mothers commonly found other alarming aspects of the products they were using when researching what caused the reactions. Many mothers have also risen to the challenge and have established their own companies for eco-friendly products, such as Honest, founded in 2011 by young mother and actress Jessica Alba (Lally, 2016). Therefore, the economic shift towards environmentally-friendly cleaning products is supported through both supply and demand.
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