I truly believe if we live thoughtfully, we’ll live more sustainable lives. It’s not always easy but, like anything, if you make it a priority every day it becomes part of the fabric of your life.
Of course you don’t want pesticides in your family’s foods. Arm yourself with knowledge and ensure you are providing the healthiest produce possible. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) can help with its list of the Dirty Dozen. These are the top twelve produce items that have been tested to retain the most toxins even when washed and pealed. Apples are at the top of the list, so only buy organic apples and organic apple juice.
Of course you want the cleanest indoor air possible for your home. Avoid toxic chemicals while cleaning. Wet mop your hard surfaces frequently. Avoid furniture, paint and cabinets that outgas chemicals. Get some indoor plants to help clean your air, spider plants are one of my favorites. They are extremely easy to care for and are really great air purifiers.
Of course you want healthy kids. Avoid processed food. Avoid drinks containing high fructose corn syrup. Turn off the TV and get them outdoors for some unstructured play. The National Wildlife Federation has some wonderful tips to get you and your kids outside every day. Also, take a look at the personal products you and your family use. Is the bubble bath you’re putting in the tub healthy or harmful for your little one? Check out EWG’s Skin Deep Database for the skinny on your favorite products.
Of course you want to make sure the planet is a healthy place for your children and their children. Do all of the above. Stay informed. I certainly know ignorance can be extremely blissful but when it concerns the health of your family, do your homework. And remember, life isn’t perfect. If you get derailed, it’s OK. Take a deep breath and do better next time.
How do you make your day-to-day life a little greener?