The internet and the world are buzzing with the word “green”. This mostly relates to paying tribute to our planet through something that isn’t completely related to our momentary well-being. The green mentality, however, starts from our very doorstep and purging our homes of toxic chemicals is going to have an immediate positive impact on us. Toxic substances can be harmful to our health and getting rid of them can actually save lives!
It’s not a myth! Plastic is frowned upon for a good reason – it contains many toxic chemicals. Of course, completely excluding plastic is virtually impossible right now, so the best you can do is use it minimally and responsibly. This is especially true when it comes to PVC or vinyl – there’s a reason why it’s commonly referred to as “the poison plastic”. It’s the #3 in a product’s recycling arrows and it can also be identified by its strong smell that is similar to that of a shower curtain or a new car. This smell is, in fact, a number of disorder- and disease-inducing chemicals that are being released in the air.
Much like with plastic, we’ve been taught that beverage cans are pollutants and generally bad for our environment. Unfortunately, the reasons behind this are much less transparent.
Well, the majority of beverage (and food) cans are lined with a potentially poisonous chemical, called Bisphenol-A, or BPA, which is linked to breast cancer, among other concerns. Canned food is best avoided, especially when it comes to children, as they are more prone to negative effects of this pollutant – they are much more prone to experiencing hormonal problems as a result of this chemical than adults.
Cleaning vs. disinfecting
Cleaning our homes regularly is essential for physical and mental health. However, cleaning is far from actually disinfecting. In other words, cleaning products, personal care products and even socks now come “equipped” with antibacterial agents that make an excellent selling point for consumers who want to feel as safe as possible. The downside here is that overexposure to these substances can lead to antibiotic resistance, which is a very common problem nowadays. Keep in mind that soap and water are a real cleaning superhero combo here – they get the job done without the risk of causing you, your kid, or the environment any harm.
You may be a potential victim of this issue and you’ll never know it (until it’s too late), especially if you live in an old home. Initially used because it was seemingly perfect to make building easier and better, it was only relatively recently discovered that asbestos is a highly toxic substance that can cause various types of cancer. For example, in Australia, friable asbestos was a commonly used material, applicable to everything from fireproofing and soundproofing to insulation. As of recently, this has become a well-known fact, which is why contacting a trusted company that specializes in asbestos removal in Sydney and other major Australian cities is now a regular part of any renovation effort.
There’s a reason why the organic food industry has gained so much in popularity – the products are expensive, but they are natural. Now, why would you spray poison in your kitchen or garden when you’re making all that effort to go organic. Instead of calling the exterminator the minute a pest problem shows up its nasty little head inside your home or garden, try using natural remedies in combination with preemptive measures. Keep in mind that pesticides are just as good at killing pests as they are at harming you and your loved ones (as they can cause asthma, behavior issues, learning disabilities, cancer, you name it).
Whether it’s plastic, cans, traditional cleaning products, asbestos, or pesticides, these chemicals have no (or very little) place in your home. The sooner you start eradicating these from your environment, the better – not only for the sake of the environment, but for that of your own family!