TAG: Toxins

Green Spring Cleaning

Cleaning with natural products

When sunny days beckon the longing to be outdoors more, the opportunity for getting things organized inside begins to present itself. If your home, like many, has forgotten about projects and covert locations where dust has stockpiled, spring cleaning is a productive housekeeping ritual to adopt. The first step to a cleaner home is to inspect the cleaners already on hand. Toxic chemicals may in fact clean, but they can also offer health hazards that aren’t wanted. It isn’t necessary to have a separate product for every household chore, and most of the time money-saving, natural cleaning solutions can be concocted… read more

Dinnerware Cautions

Dinnerware Cautions

Toxins like cadmium and lead can be found on the surfaces of certain dishes, from the paints or glazes used to decorate them. Lead builds up in the body over time and if contaminated dishes are repeatedly used for food use they can pose a health hazard. Acidic foods and heat sources like microwaving can cause toxins to leach out of dinnerware and into food and drinks. Risks like lead poisoning can occur when foods are contaminated by dishes and poisons are absorbed into the bloodstream. When shopping for dishes pay special attention to the way they are made and… read more

Real vs Fake Xmas Trees

Real or fake Christmas trees

Many people choose fake trees over real ones because they believe that plastic trees are better for the environment, but are they really the more eco-friendly option? Fake trees are convenient and reusable. However, they’re made from PVC plastic, which creates a number of environmental problems. Production of PVC triggers the release of toxic chemicals such as dioxin, vinyl chloride, and ethylene dichloride, and additional chemicals that are used to make plastic trees more pliable have caused damage to the kidneys, livers, brains, and reproductive systems of laboratory animals. Many fake trees contain lead, which can cause brain damage if… read more

Green Building Tips

Green building tips

Whether you are constructing your dream home or renovating an existing one, it is wise to scope out your options. With so many factors to consider, researching can be extensive, so the following is aimed to stimulate your vision with tips to start you off. Size Matters In this case, less is more. Smaller houses are not only more efficient, they often cut a more interesting figure than larger houses. Plus, tall and slender buildings are better at utilizing space, and the additional nooks and crannies give a room its dimension, so you don’t feel like you are living in a shoebox. Perfect Placement When… read more

Hair Care Naturally

Natural hair care

Today there are many options when it comes to hair care, from styles to colors, you can customize your locks as much as you desire. Many products are out there to help achieve this. However, you must be careful not to use chemicals that damage your hair and environment. Luckily you can alter your hair without sending toxins through the roof or atmosphere. Let’s start with hair enhancement. Enhancing your hair and keeping it healthy elevates your natural beauty. To add shine to your hair you can add apple cider vinegar to your shampoo or conditioner. If you are a… read more

Green Tea and its Benefits

Green tea and its benefits

I caught a cab the other day and the Japanese driver had the most beautifully glowing skin. He looked about 55 years old and I was shocked to find out he was 20 years older. He told me his secret was green tea. No surprises there! It has been around for over 4,000 years and green tea contains catechin polyphenols, carotenoids, Vitamin C, chromium, manganese, selenium or zinc. It is a more potent antioxidant than black tea as it contains  epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a very powerful antioxidant. Apparently, EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, a compound found in red… read more

The Ethical Consumer

Breathing in pollutants

Sustainability is about reducing our carbon footprint and managing environmental resources, but it is also about our responsibility toward all we share this planet with. I discovered the significance of how profoundly the impact others could have on my health after a serious injury that compromised every system in my body. As I needed ongoing assistance, I met many people who didn’t realize that they can negatively affect others by the personal care and household products they choose. Exposure to perfumes and scented products can trigger adverse reactions in virtually anyone, but for children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those… read more