Monday, October 15, 2007

Living Green from the Outside

Living green from the inside out is hardly a new concept. SHOP CO-OP AND BUY ORGANIC FOODS! Fewer people are aware of sustainable living from the outside. Some of the most volatile products found in nearly every household are cleaning products. In Todisco's article, "Top 10 Nontoxic, Earth Friendly Living Suggestions," she warns to avoid common synthetic cleaning products because cleaning products rank higher on a per dollar basis in terms of air and water pollution impacts. Did you know that 'trade secret' laws do not require manufacturers to disclose all of their ingredients? Many of the undisclosed 'inerts' are toxic, and they can make up to 99% of the product. Send me an email if you want to know what simple steps I have taken to create a non-toxic environment in my home. sandra@schrift.com

Amother culprit to the pollution of our bodies and environment is both indoor and outdoor pesticides and fertilizers. Herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, bug sprays and flea and tick products are some of the most common sources of toxicity around our homes. Wellbuilding.com offers some harrowing numbers: "The average suburban home uses six times the hazardous chemicals per acre than conventional farming . . . If just 10% of us switched to natural lawn care, over half a billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides would be prevented from entering the environment."

I could go on and on - what about our kids' bodies and their future? With countless reasons to go green and an ever-growing availability of sustainable products at our disposal, the time has never been better to begin to do our part in ensuring the future of our planet.

The Coach quotes an old Chinese proverb . . . "A journey of one thousand miles starts with a single step."

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