Going Forward From Earth Day – 5 Tips

We know I’m not one for keeping it short, but I figure I’ve expanded on posts dear to my heart already within the article so I’ll include the link if you’d like more information. I honestly believe that at this point we are all making conscience decisions in our everyday lives and maybe that’s why Earth Day felt a little less hyped this year. If that is the case – that is awesome. If you are new to the process of ‘greening’ your life, here are 5 tips that will help you. Also remember, anything that is harmful to the environment is also toxic to human health. So if you’re not quite ready to change your lifestyle or consumerism for the planet, think about making these changes to help your family live a longer and healthier life.  Here we go!

1) Vow to never again use the self cleaning option on your oven. This convenience based option is known to kill household pets. Non-stick surfaces combined with very high heat produces a terrible toxic off-gassing that is not healthy for your household. Read more here.

2) Take an hour and review your personal care products on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. This is the best resource for identifying cosmetics, sunscreen, personal care products that might contain toxic ingredients. This is a valuable resource to check before you go shopping for that next bottle of shampoo or item for baby. With the number of options out there today, check out how your cosmetics score and switch over to non-toxic, organic products.

3) Think about your family’s fragrance. What does this mean? When you go out in public – is there any part of you that could cause a reaction to someone sensitive to synthetic scents? I get a reaction from people that use dryer sheets or fabric softener. Think about the synthetic scents you omit in public including perfumes, deodorants, household cleaners/air fresheners, and laundry routine. For more information click here.

4) Let the outdoors in! Did you know that the inside of your home is probably filled with more toxins that the outdoors? Ban all room deodorizers and simply open a window. Let the fresh air truly ‘freshen’ your home and eliminate odors. For more information click here.

5) Consumerism…this one’s important. It’s the biggest problem with the environment and the clutter taking over our homes. You need to think about every purchase you make. Where will it end up? Where was it manufactured? What is it made from? These are the questions we should ask every time we purchase that next Easter gift, birthday gift, clothing shop, etc. If nothing else, you asking these questions will promote change. I have personally witnessed this shift in consumerism mentality. I know parents love to ask “where is this product manufactured?” I know from asking hundreds of parents that they will pay more for having something made locally and supporting a local artist or toy maker. Let’s keep this shift in how we shop going and reach every industry and let them know it’s important. We want locally manufactured goods that are safe for our families. Period. It’s no longer acceptable to produce toxic toys overseas and have our children play and wear toxic chemicals. My hope is that by this day next year, Earth Day is only symbolic of what we incorporate into our lives everyday and that we ask ourselves these questions everyday.

I read an article by Lisa Frack from EWG that made me really think about Earth Day changes and wanted to share. For more information on changes you can make that will help your health and planet, read her article called If You’ve Done One Thing, You’ve Done Something. I for one will be looking into a water filter. I also have a few idea I’ll be implementing at my kid’s school that I’ll share. What about you?

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5 Responses to Going Forward From Earth Day – 5 Tips

  1. Kyrie Eveland April 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    I just started following this blog. I am a mom of 3 kids 3 and under. I also just started turning my house green, I can honestly say that I absolutely love your blog. Thank you for keeping it going.:) You are such a blessing to many folks.I know I don’t know know what I would do.

  2. suzanne April 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Thank you Kyrie for one of the nicest comments ever posted on Mommy Footprint. =)

    Suzanne
    Founder Mommy Footprint

  3. Laura May 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    I would love to open my windows to air out my home, but with my husbands bad allergies to tree and grass that’s really not a good option for our family 🙁

  4. suzanne May 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Hi Laura,
    Thanks for the post. Wow – I hope your husband’s allergies are seasonal…it would be hard to not open windows all year round. Here is an article I wrote way back with an all natural room deodorizer you might find helpful. http://mommyfootprint.com/home-made-natural-home-air-fresheners/

    Suzanne
    http://www.mommyfootprint.com

  5. diane April 19, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    great tips! Thanks for the database info…it is hard to believe some of the stuff that is in our beauty care products.

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