More than 70% of emerging infectious diseases in humans in the last forty years have been transmitted by animals, according to the latest and powerful report published by WWF. Clear examples of this are the latest Ebola outbreak, AIDS, SARS, avian flu, swine flu, and COVID-19, produced by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
What is the origin of this trend? The alteration of ecosystems by the direct destruction of habitats resulting from agricultural and livestock intensification, together with the consequent loss of biodiversity and the palpable consequences of climate change create the perfect storm conditions to increase the risk of the appearance of communicable infectious diseases to the human being.
Although viruses and bacteria have lived with us forever, if habitats are well preserved and different species are related in balance, viruses are distributed among different species and do not affect humans. But when an imbalance occurs, due to the destruction or alteration of nature, natural ecosystems are weakened, thus facilitating the spread of pathogens and also increasing the risk of contact and transmission to people.
COVID-19, according to most scientific experts, originated when someone consumed some type of wild animal (pangolin or bat) in a Chinese market. This is a common route for the spread of pandemics, which usually follows this pattern:
The process begins with deforestation to obtain natural resources, agriculture, and fishing, or construction of communication routes, which directly affects the disappearance of species and causes human beings to come into contact with species to which they are not accustomed. Trafficking in these species puts humans in contact with wild species, which can be vectors of transmission of different diseases. Furthermore, the context of climate change makes it easier for new species to appear in unusual places, due to the preference for warm habitats of viruses and bacteria, which can transmit previously unknown or disappeared pathologies.
As the relationship between the destruction of nature and the spread of the zoonosis phenomenon has been demonstrated, it seems evident that we all must take action to take better care of our environment, to stop climate change, change the current production and consumption model.
Conscious consumer decisions
Consumers must reflect on what kind of products we buy, their origin, and also the consequences they can have on the environment. The small individual changes that we can introduce in our habits can make a big difference in the environmental impact, which, as we have seen, is increasingly a public health problem.
Starting by minimizing single-use plastics in our homes, or supporting zero kilometer production to reduce CO2 emissions, among others, are some of the actions that we can incorporate into our lives.
Besides, we can also incorporate in our shopping basket cleaning products that are more environmentally friendly, less harmful, that consume less energy to produce and emit less C02.
At Careli we are committed to the environment and our FLOPP ECO range, made up of FLOPP Eco Suelos Universal, FLOPP Eco Clothes, FLOPP Eco Dishwasher, FLOPP ECO Floors PH Neutro and FLOPP Roba Baby Eco, has the European Ecolabel organic seal and is presented in a 100% biodegradable and compostable container, from renewable sources.
The Flopp ECO range is designed to meet the needs of the domestic market with a line of concentrated products and packaged in water-soluble capsules. This format provides the following advantages:
- Greater concentration of the product, resulting in less CO2 emissions in manufacturing, transport, and storage.
- Fair dose of product.
- Energy and water savings. The products have been formulated to be used in short cycles and low temperatures, minimizing energy consumption and carbon footprint.
- Ecological products with high efficiency.
- Ecolabel certification
- Great value for money
In short, with FLOPP we are committed to cleaning without dirtying or damaging the planet.