The Healthy Green School is an initiative that aims to remove chemicals from elementary schools where children are still developing. A barrage of chemicals on the developing body could result in serious health defects. Healthy Green School says the first place to start at any school is in the janitorial closet. Oftentimes, cleaners have strong and harmful chemicals, and they are used liberally in school classrooms and hallways to clear the areas of germs and grime. Yet many of these chemicals can be directly linked to causing asthma attacks or causing children to develop allergies. One study says that 12 to 13 percent of all schoolchildren suffer from asthma or allergies because of the presence of strong cleaning chemicals in their school rooms.
Dangerous toxins can also be found in other locations. Crayons in particular are created by petrochemicals, which means petroleum is a key ingredient. Young children often chew on crayons, and are ingesting these dangerous petrochemicals in the process.
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