Volatile chemical emissions from 134 common consumer products

Nematollahi, Neda, Kolev, Spas D., and Steinemann, Anne (2019) Volatile chemical emissions from 134 common consumer products. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, 12 (11). pp. 1259-1265.

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Emissions from everyday consumer products have been associated with adverse effects on air quality and health. This study investigates volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from 134 common consumer products, both fragranced and fragrance-free, including those with claims of green. Product types include personal care products, air fresheners, cleaning supplies, laundry products, and sunscreens. Using GC/MS headspace analysis, this study found 1538 VOC occurrences (individual ingredients), representing 338 VOC identities (different compounds), emitted from the 134 consumer products. Among the 1538 VOCs, 517 VOCs are classified as potentially hazardous. The most common VOC emitted from the 104 fragranced products was limonene, which was absent in fragrance-free versions. Comparing the green and regular fragranced products, no significant difference was found between the most prevalent potentially hazardous VOCs. Among all volatile ingredients emitted, fewer than 4% were listed on product labels. This study provides extensive findings on volatile emissions from consumer products, which can improve awareness of potential exposures and effects on air quality and health.

Item ID: 60997
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-9326
Keywords: Consumer products, Volatile organic compounds, Fragrance, Cleaning products, Air fresheners, Emissions, Ingredients
Copyright Information: © Springer Nature B.V. 2019
Funders: Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2019 07:43
FoR Codes: 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3799 Other earth sciences > 379999 Other earth sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
40 ENGINEERING > 4011 Environmental engineering > 401199 Environmental engineering not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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