Our Health and the Air We Breathe

When it comes to factors affecting health and well-being, many people’s first thoughts go to the foods they eat, their exercise habits, and even how they sleep. But how many consider the quality of the air they breathe?

Fact is, countless studies over the past 50 years have demonstrated that air quality is a major driver of health. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is the single biggest environmental threat to health.

  • Worldwide, nine out of ten people breathe polluted air, causing more than seven million premature deaths every year. This is double the number of people dying from HIV, malaria, and tick-borne encephalitis combined.
  • This is not just a challenge for the developing world: According to Eurostat, in 2015, respiratory disease accounted for 7.7 percent of all deaths in the EU. While 3 million of these premature deaths were caused by outdoor air pollution-related diseases, more than 4 million were caused by indoor air pollution.

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The good news: As these problems are being identified, so are their underlying causes. And as these causes are better understood, their solutions follow.

Avery Dennison has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, including developing products that are compliant with indoor air quality guidelines. These are durable, long-term solutions, designed to be easy and fast to install.

Parts 2 and 3 of this series will look more deeply at the issue of indoor air quality. To learn more about Avery Dennison sustainability, visit www.flooringtapes.com, or contact your Avery Dennison local representative.