A Hazard-free Home
Cara K. Uy, Sustainability Coordinator
Bisophenol A, phthalates, perfluooctanoic acid...aside from a pronunciation and spelling guide, we may also need additional warning labels when we see these types of words on store products. The reason to be wary: More than 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States haven’t been adequately tested for their effects on human health, according to the National Resources Defense Council. REDUCE the number of products in your home that have these unpronounceable toxic chemicals so you can worry less about potential health hazards.
To safeguard your home from toxic chemicals as well as germs, you can REUSE do-it-yourself recipes for safer cleaning disinfectants and fresheners. A bonus is that you’ll find practically all the ingredients from a grocery store, making it a one-stop shop for all your household needs.
Life without plastics can be a great thing! Though a few of the harmful chemicals embedded in products now have labeling so you know to avoid it (e.g. bisophenol A or BPA), you may still have some old plastic containers and other goods around the house without any indication. Check with your local recycling company that they’ll take the product, and then RECYCLE them. This act of removal signals less clutter and an opportunity to start anew with alternatives to plastic like steel, wood, and glass.
Lastly, go deeper and RESPECT your skin by drastically eliminating the amount of products you use. On average, women use 12 products a day and for men, 6 products (Think Dirty). Au naturel is the best, but if you want to do a gradual transition, start first by using cosmetics and personal care products that have ingredients that do the least harm to your body. You can take the guesswork out of shopping by utilizing the Think Dirty mobile app or Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep app.