Asthma and allergies have been on the increase for over 50 years.
In the EU, 1 person out of 4 is affected by allergies.
An allergy is an over-reaction of the immune system to some extracorporal substances.
While many people consider an allergy to be a reaction to synthetic chemicals, it is more often a reaction to natural substances, specifically proteins from pollen, foodstuffs or bee-stings. The hair of cats, dogs and horses can also be allergens.
Nobody knows the cause for allergies with any certainty.
New scientific work suggests allergies are a complex illness. Recent research has put forward many new hypotheses as to the development of allergies and asthma:
(Quelle: Royal Society of Edinburgh - 2003)
All the negative arguments brought against carpet have been proven wrong
Allergies and flooring: the Swedish experience
The Swedish experience has proven that allergies are not related to the presence of carpet: allergies increased threefold between 1975 and 1995, despite carpets being removed and replaced by hard floors in more than 70% of
(Source: Swedish Institute for Fibre and Polymer Research)
(Source: Swedish Statistical Central Bureau)