|We, the organisations and individuals undersigned:
are concerned that dust mite allergen triggers asthma, eczema and other allergic
illnesses. It therefore affects the health of sufferers and potential sufferers, in
particular infants and children, who are the most vulnerable individuals.
recognise that fitted carpets are a considerable reservoir of dust mite allergen, moulds
and animal dander in the indoor environment.
recognise that fitted carpets and PVC flooring are a source of indoor air pollutants due
to the use of chemicals in their manufacture and that fitted carpets also act as a
reservoir for toxic substances used in and brought into the home.
are concerned at the widespread use of fitted carpets in the UK compared with other
countries with a similar climate, in the home, at the workplace, in commercial buildings,
in nurseries,schools, hospitals and other public buildings.
when refurbishing, smooth flooring should be encouraged, and that if needed, loose rugs
should supplement the smooth floor.
as well as fitted carpets, the use of PVC or vinyl flooring should be avoided, due to
wider concerns about its impact on the environment and human health, and specific concerns
that phthalate softeners in PVC may contribute to sensitisation to asthma.
indoor environments where infants and young children come into contact with dust mite
allergen and toxic substances need to be addressed first.