If you are anything like me, I get overwhelmed with all the stats, facts, and news about the environment and health. How can little me make any difference in the whole scheme of things? Since joining Beautycounter, I have learned how even the smallest changes can have an impact on my health and the planet. The small changes add up! So, I want to share with you 6 simple, inexpensive changes you can make to live safer:
1. Choose glass over plastic
Some plastic containers contained the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), which the FDA has labeled hazardous to our health. To minimize exposure to harmful chemicals leaking into your food, choose a glass container. If you must use plastic as you switch out, do not microwave in a plastic container.
2. Replace non-stick pans with stainless steel, cast iron, or ceramic-coated
Non-stick (teflon) pans are hazardous to your health and the environment. The non-stick coating is made with the chemicals PTFE and PFOA which can release harmful chemical fumes. These chemicals are linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and damage to the environment. I admit that I recently threw away our one teflon pan that I used for eggs, but we invested in a ceramic-coated pan that I love (HERE)! Target and Amazon sell both cast-iron and ceramic pans.
3. Choose a safer detergent
Our skin is our largest organ and quickly absorbs what we put on it, including what we wash our clothes in. Just like with personal care products, some detergents contain harmful ingredients that may come in contact with skin (i.e. “fragrance”). Thankfully, there are safer detergents out there! In our house, we love 7th Generation, who also has a great selection of safer cleaning products!
4. Buy organic when possible
If I could, I would buy all meat and dairy organic, as well as many fruits and veggies. However, at this point in our lives, that’s not financially possible, so I buy organic when I can using the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Dirty Dozen” list for fruits and veggies with the highest risk of pesticide exposure. Aldi and Trader Joe’s have a great selection of organic produce and dairy! Also, this summer I have been loving all the local produce at the farmers market, which usually has a great selection of organic and/or chemical-free produce.
5. Carry reusable bags
We all know this one! Plastic bags are destructive to the environment by suffocating wildlife, blocking soil nutrients, and filling up landfills and the ocean. Build a stash of canvas, cotton, or other heavy-duty bags, and also keep a couple in your car for last-minute grocery story stops.
6. Wash your hair less often
This one is my favorite! Let’s be real, I am just too lazy to wash and style my hair every day, but I also love the body and texture of my second and third day hair. Not only does this save water, but washing your hair less often is better for your hair. Conventional shampoos strip your hair of it’s natural oils, as does washing your hair too often. As you wash your hair less, it will produce more oils but will ultimately lead to less oil production and healthier hair. I am a huge fan of dry shampoo (non-aerosol)! Here’s the one I currently use – Be Green Bath & Body.
What changes have you made to live safer?