Sunday, January 29, 2012
Tips to Reduce Your Exposure to Environmental Toxins or How My Wife Sleeps at Night: Part I
1. Eat organic, eat local, eat mostly plants.
Two years ago, we joined a local, naturally-grown CSA (community supported agriculture), Native Offerings, to provide our food in the winter. When Jen and the girls pick up our food, its without plastic packaging, pesticides, and GMOs. It wasn't imported from another country either. It was grown right here in WNY.
We are on-again, off-again carnivores. Currently, we're trying to eat more plant-based meals than not. When we do eat meat (at home at least) its always organic. Author Michael Pollan's Food Rules can give you a lot more guidance than I can on healthier eating habits.
2. Just say no to plastics.
Jen's environmental crusade began with BPA-free plastic bottles with our first child and built from there. Turns out there are lots of other things besides BPA that make plastic harmful (phthalates and PVC to name two) so "no-BPA plastic bottles" became "no plastic bottles at all" became "no plastic dishes/food storage/canned food" became "no plastic toys/products" (this is the hardest to control for in our house). Pretty much anything plastic or in-contact with plastic that has the potential to go into the kids' mouths got sent away (don't get me started on the moral dilemma J had of donating "toxic toys" or chucking them in a landfill)...Its taken a few years, but I'd say 90% of the girls' toys are now wood (including this awesome Amish-made, er, Santa-made race track) or cloth and the few remaining plastic ones are "eco-friendly/recycled food grade plastic with no BPA, PVCs or phthalates."
3. Use eco-friendly cleansers on your body and around the house.