Velt Pesticides Campaign - SOS Bedroom
Citizen science project by Velt Measurement of pesticides in bedroom dust Analysis by an independent laboratory Participative science
Is your bedroom healthy? This is what Velt (Association for Ecological Living and Gardening) wants to investigate in collaboration with YOOTEST in a new citizen science project called "SOS Bedroom".
The aim of the campaign is to find out what pesticides are in your bedroom dust and where they come from.
- Has the neighbouring farmer just sprayed his fields or orchards?
- Did the cat's flea collar have anything to do with it?
- Or does the mosquito repellent have something to do with it?
Pesticides are chemicals used to control diseases, pests or weeds in agriculture and horticulture. But pesticides can also be used indoors to treat pets against fleas, for example. Pesticides are harmful and pose health risks to humans, animals and the environment.
No one expects these pesticides to end up in the bedroom.
At home, we spend most of our time in the bedroom. Pesticides have no place there. However, several studies show that pesticides are found in the dust of our homes. Contamination by pesticide residues is insidious because it is invisible. Only a laboratory analysis can reveal the amount of pesticide residues present.
- To find out about pesticide contamination in your bedroom
- To get an overview of residential pesticide pollution
- To help ensure that governments pay attention to this public health problem and take action to limit the use of pesticides.
The "SOS Bedroom" campaign is open to everyone! The more people who participate, the better the overview of the problem.
To participate in the study, simply order the "SOS Bedroom" analysis kit.
You will receive all the necessary material to take a dust sample in your room with your own hoover.
You can read the collection instructions here [Link to instructions].
To better interpret the results, complete the questionnaire online [Link to questionnaire url] or on paper.
If you fill in the questionnaire on paper, send it with your dust sample to the YOOTEST laboratory in the stamped return envelope provided.
If you have already filled in the questionnaire during the Velt selection phase, you do not need to fill it in again!
However, it is important that you provide the same e-mail address as the one on your Velt questionnaire so that we can identify you.
You will receive your personal result in a full analysis report (from September), as well as the summary report published by Velt.
YOOTEST and Velt have jointly compiled the list of 58 pesticides to be detected. You can find it just below.