Green is good. Greening your home is great. After all, you spend a good amount of time tucked between the sheets and surrounded by the paint on the walls, so you want to make sure you and your family are taking your environ seriously by removing toxins and breathing easy. But what happens when you go to the office and your kids (or future progeny) go off to school?

Lucky for parents everywhere the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is watching out for your offspring and the air they breathe in the classroom. The GREENGUARD Children & Schools standard offers a certification on materials that will be breathed in, walked on and spilled on by the millions of kids that are spending 85 percent of their time indoors. Depending on where you live, the air indoors is two to five times more polluted than then what you’ve got going on outdoors. We ought to fix that.

Since children have higher inhalation rates per pound than adults, a higher standard is placed on the materials that qualify for the Children & Schools certification. We worry about this because breathing in those harmful phthalates is connected “with endocrine disorders, reproductive and developmental toxicity, asthma and allergies.” Yuck.

After you’ve taken care of your kiddos school supplies, aren’t you glad someone is looking out for everything else from sinks to shades ? Call your school and get them certified today. No, not that way. What are you, in junior high?

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