Wednesday Word Day – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)


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Today’s term is  volatile organic compounds (VOCs) /ˈvɒləˌtaɪl ɔːˈɡænɪk ˈkɒmpaʊndz/

  • Organic chemical compounds that evaporate at room temperature and are considered hazardous to humans. VOCs can occur naturally and be man-made. They are common ingredients in most paints and solvents as well as certain building materials. Long-term exposure to VOCs, particularly through wall paint and furniture, is linked to a host of health issues, among them respiratory troubles, increased allergies, nervous system damage and some cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma.

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  • Sonalie Figueiras

    Serial social entrepreneur Sonalie Figueiras is the founder & editor-in-chief of Green Queen, an award-winning impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change in Hong Kong with a mission to shift consumer behaviour through inspiring & empowering original content. She is also the founder & CEO of SourceGreenPackaging,com, the global wholesale eCom marketplace for sustainable packaging products, Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products, with a mission to make safe, quality food accessible & affordable for the whole planet. With over a decade of experience in publishing, digital marketing, organic trade and health & sustainability, she is an eco wellness industry veteran with a keen eye for market trends and a sought-after international speaker and moderator, sharing her expertise on stages across Asia and beyond, including TEDx and Harvard Business School.


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