My top ten nasty unnecessary chemicals in your life busting, relatively easy and quick suggestions that most people can benefit from:

1. WHAT CHEMICAL FREE PRODUCTS MEANS TO ME:

  •     No cancer-causing ingredients
  •     No organ toxicity
  •     No endocrine disruptors
  •     No toxic levels of ingredients
  •     Only natural preservatives
  •     Preferably Hypoallergenic,
  •     Paraben-free,
  •     Phthalate-free, no synthetic fragrance
  •     No SLS, SLES etc... Having it In anti-danduff shampoo: for goodness sake!
  •     No pesticides

Sometimes it can be tedious asking what in a product. However, every time someone asks the company, is at all on the ball, realise that their potential customers are getting more savvy. So ask if you have the time!

2..Women on average absorb 5lb's of cosmetics per year so think about what you are putting on as well as in your bodies! Have a read of this article from The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1555173/Body-absorbs-5lb-of-make-up-chemicals-a-year.html

You can change the brands yu use without having to compromise on quality and even cost-despite what you may think. Some examples of  suggested swaps are:

       Men-  swap shower gel for Bulldog, Faith in Nature or Organic Blue

       Women- swap to brands like Green People, Neals Yard or Organic Pharmacy


3. Clean your house old style with new technological innovations. White vinegar, lemons, bicarb, soda crystals and environmentally friendly toilet cleaners with the odd micro-fibre and re-purposed old t-shirt will save you money, reduce your health risks and get your house clean!

4. Buy and wear organic cotton and other sustainable materials like hemp, peace silk and bamboo. Many new cloth based product are actually sprayed with a chemical mix before being put into packaging to stop wrinkling. This can often contain formaldehyde- chemical used for embalming dead bodies!

5. Switch from using non-stick cook wear to glass, anodized aluminium, cast iron and stainless steel to help prevent chemicals leaching into your food. Get to know your plastic by learning what plastics are safe for eating and drinking and how to care for them you can reduce your family’s exposure to leeched chemicals and dangerous toxins.

6. Eat as much as possible that is organic-it may not be nutritionally better for you BUT it does not have the pesticides and chemicals that non-organic food does.

7. Foods with high pesticides residues and extra benefical for switching to organic!

Apples

Milk

Celery

Strawberries

Peaches/ nectarines

Spinach

Grapes

Peppers

Blueberries

Potatoes

Bread

8. Laundry time- switch to soap nuts, a brand like Aquados Simply Washing, Ecover or Bio-D. Or get some washing balls and use a bit of soda crystals or bicarb to shift stains. I even use a bit of white vinegar as clothing softener and my towels come out lovely and soft. I now cannot stand the fake smelling washing powder smell that comes when washing with detergents that are unkind to out bodies, as well as the environment. When did the marketing men win us over to think clean clothes have to smell of their expensive products. I sometimes put a few drops on essential oils in the soap dispenser and volia! Since some of the citrus oils are acidic they have strong cleaning properties and marvellous at cutting grease in your laundry or even your washing up. They can even be used in place of dangerous paint thinners in cleaning paint brushes and as a germ killing disinfectant!

9. Home fragrances- the above mentioned citrus oils can be used in other ways such as an air fresheners. You can use reed diffusers or even a drop of essential oil on a tissue on the radiator.I am about to source some of those ceramic humidifiers to dangle off the radiator which can also have a few drops of something lovely smelling in to them.

10. Doing some DIY or a refurbishment? Make sure you get non VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, solvents and carpets. By choosing toxic free paints and flooring as an example of you can help limit the amount of toxic chemicals that can linger in your home for months! Not updating anything at home? Well my last slightly off the recommendations is to be like traditional Japanese people and take off your shoes when arriving home. This isn't to make your carpets last longer but to actual limit the amount of muck from outside entering your home.

The below table comes from the Daily Mail website believe it or not!

 

 

 

Chemicals

What on earth do I mean by this you may be thinking? What I mean is  If you are a seasoned pro then skip this, maybe double check you have got the bases covered in the top suggestions .

I became aware of the amount of nasty unnecessary chemicals through increasing my knowledge about combating climate change and living in a more sustainable way.

I wasn't wholly aware of the benefits of eating, as much as possible, organic food and having a toxic-free bathroom and cleaning cupboard for example. As I have learnt it doesn't cease to amaze be how much really is "buyer beware!". I had been quite in the dark about the level of poisonous pesticides used food and the dodgy ingredients used in many of our health and beauty products,

So, here will be a home for information, and my opinions on products and services ,for a having a potentially harmful chemical-free life.

We live more and more processed lives and now buy much of what we may have once done for ourselves. I have had people say to me but if these things were really unsafe then surely the government would ban them? Have they banned cigarettes when we know they are harmful? Things to consider:

       Cancer cases % record high

       Air pollutants means air quality is a a record low and breathing related illnesses are on the rise

       Plastic can be made from other sources not just petro-chemicals (comes from fossil fuel sources that will run out one day-NOT resourceful!)

       Personal hygiene and beauty products have old ways of being produced i.e. with by-products of the oil industry! i.e. think about this:

1. Vaseline is petroleum jelly,

2. You put it on your lips or say elbows,

3. Your skin absorbs some of this,

4. Would you eat /drink petrol?!

       Combinations of beauty products being used together is not always researched for safety



Directly outside your house-

Try to avoid using dangerous pesticides and insecticides on your lawn, both are cancer causing chemicals both their dangerous vapours and residue stay in your lawn for weeks! Got a garage you park your car in? Well thing about the pollutants that come out of your fossil fuelled vehicle- air quality problems in the UK are widely recognised these days are vehicles are a large part of the problem. Reducing your carbon footprint aside the dangerous toxins that come out of the exhaust come home with your car. Little behaviour tweaks can be beneficial such as  park outside when possible or at least try to leave the garage door open to air out the fumes for at least a quarter of an hour. If cash is not in short supply you could even install a garage ventilation system!