A new year means a new start, and the coming months are an opportunity for you and your loved ones to focus on what is important to you. Living a healthy life is almost certain to be on your list, but in order to do so, it is important to make your home as eco-friendly as possible. This doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds; there are actually a few simple tips that will get you started on the path to greener living almost immediately.
Change out the shower curtain
If you have a vinyl shower curtain, chances are that it was made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Liver damage, developmental delays and respiratory issues have all been linked to PVC. While there is no conclusive evidence stating that PVC causes these problems as of yet, finding a PVC-free curtain is a smart step to take for your family. Good choices include cotton and polyester curtains, as well as plastic products made with EVA instead of PVC.
Sort through your cookware
Each piece of cookware is different. Some pieces that are coated (and non-stick) have the potential to emit PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid. The likelihood of this happening increases if the pan is damaged in some way. This chemical has been linked to both birth defects and cancer. If you find that you have to throw away a few pieces, opt for stainless steel, ceramic or cast iron cookware instead.
Communicate with your pest control company
If you regularly have extermination services at your home, like those offered from a Danbury pest control specialist, speak to the company about how you can avoid the use of chemicals. Some may offer organic materials, while others can help devise a plan that includes monitoring the pests and engaging in preventative work. You never know what your options are until you ask, and if you don’t receive the answers you were anticipating, consider switching to a company that is more eco-friendly.
Be mindful of the soap you use
A large number of body washes and antibacterial hand soaps contain something called triclosan. Many believe that triclosan could be responsible for thyroid issues. In addition, this ingredient is thought to have a connection with diseases that don’t respond well to antibiotics. Instead, simply use soap and water to clean your hands; all studies point to the fact that soap and water is just as effective as any other cleaning method.
Not only are the steps listed above a great way to improve the health of you and your family, but they are a great way to help the environment as well. Begin the new year on a positive note, and get a head start on achieving your goals for 2013
About the author: When he isn’t writing about green and sustainable topics, Chris helps out as a college admissions advisor
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