A great point about “going green”
The great thing about “going green” is that you don’t have to disrupt your world to make a radical change. Every tiny bit goes a long ways.
Step 1: Take heed of pesky pesticides?
The key focus of “going green” is to “detox” our bodies, which can seem staggering at first. To help things flow more freely, Healthy Child developed 5 Easy Steps. These steps identified by scientific advisers as” the fundamental actions” that will no doubt help protect your child’s well being, development, and health,
Pests, rodents, crawlers – we refer to them as bugs for a reason. Not one single soul wants them invading their door steps. Hence, the convenience a pesticide’s quick fix reveals a steep price. Pesticides are toxins created to do harm, and, this in turn effects negatively on these poisons. The toxic effects severely out balance any benefits of getting rid of the pests.
The correct way to “detox” pests
- Avoid using toxic chemicals outside and inside your home. If used according to the directions, pesticides can still generate health risks. According to federal law, a manufacturer can’t verify a pesticide is safe – so don’t let yourself get a sense of false security..
- Stay away from pests by proper sanitation and safe food storage. To prevent their re-entry into your home, carefully examine all critical points of entry.
- Once at your front door, remember to take off your shoes. This prevents pest travelers, and the tracking them indoors. Sediment of pesticide residue can get trapped in the bottom of your shoes, then transfer to rugs and carpets.
Step 2: Use non-toxic products sparingly?
Stop to ponder the variety of product you have contact with in your daily life: cleaners, personal care products, carpeting, computers, cosmetics, and cushions to name a few. These items make up your household products. It’s also good to check under the hood, and find out what’s inside. We end up consuming much of the chemicals we didn’t even know existed in these hazardous products.. To ensure the products you buy are non-toxic, study the labels before making a purchase. Once you have studied and researched the products, you will find out there are healthy alternatives.
What you can do right now:
- Detox your products by creating your own brand of safer cleaning products. Baking soda can be used as an excellent scrubbing material. Vinegar mixed with water becomes a very productive glass cleaner.
- Reduce cleaning product usage by purchasing microfiber cloths or hand-held steam cleaners. These can be used effectively to clean items with water by itself.
- Take a look at personal care products made with organic certified ingredients and some with fewer toxic ingredients. It’s a good idea to use fewer products, in smaller amounts to help keep your environment safe.
- Take heed of personal care products with harmful chemicals, such as phthalates parabens, (BBP, DEHP,, DBP, DMP, DEP), DMDM hydantoin, triclosan, fragrance, PEGs (polyethylene glycol),, TEA (triethanolamine), sodium lauryl/ laureth sulfate, formaldehyde, DEA (diethanolamine). Also, it’s a good suggestion to avoid methyl,” or “glycol.”
- Home furnishings constructed with natural materials can do wonders to keep your home toxin free. Place a call to the manufacturer to find out what a product’s toxicity level is. Make sure to inquire about coatings, adhesives, and treatments. Re-use and re-invent home furnishings to reduce volatile exposure in organic compounds. VOCs –( volatile organic compounds}, can have an adverse effect on one’s long term heath so be sure to do research on what chemicals may be in your newly, purchased furniture.
Step 3: Clean your indoor air
The U.S. population spends about 90 percent of their off work hours indoors. Your home’s interior may appear clean and safe, but there are other factors to consider. Indoor air is naturally more polluted than outdoor air. Some common indoor air pollutants are carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, radon, toluene, second hand smoke, and-semi-hazardous, and hazardous organic ingredients.
What to do right now:
- When eliminating pollutant sources by buying non-toxic products, keep a proper ventilation flow. Ventilating windows for a few times daily can significantly change indoor air quality. For unique situations, try using an air purifier that will lift any lingering risky obstacles.
- In order to address odors, use non-toxic techniques that can deodorize your home.
The modern diet is composed of processed, grown, or packaged using hazardous chemicals. Pesticides are usually used on conventional farms and colorless Bisphenol (which is used to line the interior of aluminum can) affects our food tremendously. The main particles of our food are poisoned before they arrive at our tables. Bacteria, chemicals, pesticides, food alternatives, food additives, and industrial chemicals, and all drift into our foods. Astounding unchecked amounts pose a long term effect to our health and can pose a great risk.
What you can do:
- A basic rule to follow in eating healthier is make your meals as opposed to buying prepared, processed food and warming it up in the microwave. When you buy whole foods reduces your exposure to the many synthetic additives found in processed foods.
- Many people feel they don’t have the time or the skills to make foods from scratch, but once you start doing it, you’ll see how easy it really is. Also, by including children in the process, you’ll empower them to eat healthy for a lifetime (and kids are more likely to eat new foods if they are involved in choosing, buying, and preparing them.)
Step 5: Be wise with plastics?
Plastics are everywhere and in most cases are affordable and convenient. But, increasingly, scientists are finding that a hidden cost may be our health.
Some common plastics release harmful chemicals into our air, food, and drinks. Although you can’t see or taste it, if you’re serving your food on plastic, it’s likely you’re “eating” a little plastic for dinner.
What to do right now:
- The best approach is to reduce your use of plastic. Look for alternatives like textiles, solid wood, bamboo, glass, stainless steel, and so on. Also, choose items with less (or no) plastic packaging.
- If you do buy plastic, opt for products you can recycle or repurpose (for example, a yogurt tub can be recycled or reused to store crayons). And, look for safer plastics, like those numbered 2, 4, or 5 (check for the chasing arrows symbol typically on the bottom of a product).
- Buy and store food in glass, ceramic, or stainless steel containers. If using plastic storage containers, make sure hot food items have cooled before placing them in the container. Keep in mind, too, that fatty and acidic foods promote leaching, so, at the very least, it’s wise to choose glass for those types of foods.
- Don’t heat plastics – not even if they’re “microwave safe.”