Easy Fixes for a Cleaner, Greener You

Nov 13, 2013

Maybe you don’t drive a plug-in hybrid and aren’t going vegan in the foreseeable future…that doesn’t mean you should throw up your hands and drive your Hummer through the Carl’s Jr. drive-through. When it comes to moving toward a healthier planet and a healthier you, there’s A LOT of low-hanging fruit. So put on some green-colored glasses and start picking it!

Start your personal revolution today with these easy fixes:

1. Use natural cleaning products. Whether you’re at Whole Foods or Target, you’ll be able to pick up what you need, including “antibacterial” varieties that kill up to 99% of household germs.  Seventh Generation and Method bring a wide range of cleaning products to the table…and the kitchen counter…and the bathroom. These mainstream brands are a great starting point!

2. When it comes to food, know the worst offenders. You don’t have to be perfect, and eating conventionally grown fruits and veggies is better than eating none at all. However certain common produce tends to contain high concentrations of pesticides. Learn the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean Fifteen” at http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ so you know when it’s most important to buy organic.

3. Avoid possible toxins such as parabens, phthylates and BPA. There’s mounting evidence that these substances (in all kinds of products, from sunscreen to plastic water bottles) disrupt the normal workings of the endocrine (hormone) system. Read labels so you know what’s going into your body directly and indirectly.

4. Make use of the air filter in your car. This may seem trivial, but it’s a perfect example of a little change you can be making every day with major cumulative impact. If you’re driving through the country, by all means roll down the windows! But if you’re heading into an underground parking lot or getting on the freeway, turn your air conditioner setting to “circulate” to keep yourself from inhaling polluted air. Over time you’ll become more sensitive to poor air quality and protective over the air you breathe.