10 Things You Can Do Now

  1. Save Electricity
    Save Electricity
    • Unplug your small electronics when not in use. Even when not in use, your cell phone charger plugged in uses energy. Make the decision to unplug these small electronics (toaster, coffee maker, etc) whenever possible.
    • You can also use a power strip to switch off your large electronics (like your computer, television, etc). Even when you think these large electronics are off they are still consuming what can be equivalent to a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running non-stop.
    • Whenever possible, dry your clothes outside. You will save substantial energy and your clothes will smell fresh!
    • Choose green electricity whenever you can. Many companies give you the option of purchasing electricity powered by wind and solar equipment for a small increase in cost
    • Turn off lights when you leave a room
    • Encourage companies supplying electricity to your home to invest more effort in environmentally-friendly energy resources
    • Don’t use the “Heat Dry” option on your dishwasher. You can simply open the door to your dishwasher and let your dishes air-dry.
    • Paint with light or bright colors! White walls reflect 80% of the light that hits them. Dark walls absorb light.
  2. Consume Less CHEMICALS

    Unfortunately chemicals have become a part of our daily life. It is impossible to avoid them as they are in the air we breathe, food we eat, the clothes we wear, cleaning products we use, and so many cosmetic products. In our society, chemicals are labeled “safe” until proven otherwise and everywhere you look there is the use of chemicals without appropriate research. However, there are many choices you can make to reduce your consumption of these horrible products that are being linked to a rapid increase in illness across the world.

    • Use plants in your house to clean the air. Plants help to rid the air of pollutants and toxins improving your overall air quality!
    • Avoid using personal care products with artificial fragrance. The use of the word “perfume” or “fragrance” added to the ingredient list typically means that dangerous phthalates and other synthetic chemicals are being used. Check out www.safecosmetics.com before purchasing your personal care items
    • Don’t use air fresheners in your home. Most air fresheners contain chemicals. Source out all-natural household fresheners or simply use baking soda to absorb bad smells
    • Be careful of the toys you bring into your home. A great online resource to research into the ingredients in your toys is www.healthytoys.org.
    • Get rid of any TEFLON non-stick frying pans. Convenient as they may be, Teflon pans have dangerous chemicals call Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) that are extremely toxic. A great alternative is stainless steel or cast iron.
    • A large amount of household chemicals can be found in house dust. Vacuum and dust often to kept these chemicals out of your home.
    • Flame-retardant products contain dangerous chemicals and can be found in a large amount of older household products. Try using natural fibred products (like cotton, hemp or wool) as they are free of chemicals and naturally fire resistant. Newer furniture is more likely to be free of flame-retardant chemicals
    • There is a rapidly growing amount of chemicals (like mercury) in the fish we consume. Choose to eat smaller fish lower on the food chain to reduce your intake of these chemicals. Note: White albacore tuna has the highest levels of mercury – if you need to eat tuna try canned skipjack instead
    • Whenever you can eat wild fish and organically raised meats. The hormones and other synthetic chemicals used to mass-produce our livestock is a scary thing to consider when feeding yourself and your children.
    • Avoid any products labeled “anti-bacterial”. These products contain a wide array of chemicals toxic to the body. Instead, use soap and wash your hands with a good old fashion 30 second lathering!
    • Check out www.lesstoxicguide.com before purchasing potential harmful household cleaners. You can make simple, natural cleaners with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, water.
    • Consume organic or “spray-free” produce. Avoid the harmful pesticides ad chemical additives in your home. When possible, eat what is local and in season. Try drying or canning fruits and vegetables so that you can enjoy them when they go out of season. Wash your produce well to further reduce pesticide residues. Use the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list as a great resource: http://www.foodnews.org/walletguide.php
    • When buying product in plastic containers check out the number in the recycling symbol (usually found on the bottle on the bottle). The numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 are safe. Avoid anything else. Purchase things in glass whenever possible
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