You Don’t Need to Live in a Tree House to Be Green!! – 10 Easy Tips for Living Healthier (Part 1)

You Don't Need to Live in a Tree House to Be Green!! – 10 Easy Tips for Living Healthier (Part 1)

Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet focuses on easy ways to help your family live healthier. As the book points out, I don’t live in a log cabin. I don’t bake my own bread. I’m normal. I’m you. And I’m far from perfect when it comes to being green. But I’m trying, and I think there’s a lot of value–practical value for you and your family–in trying too.

I firmly believe that you do not need to sacrifice your convenience, pocket book or even preferences to make a healthier home for you and your family.

Here are the first 5 of 10 simple steps from my book to get you started (check back tomorrow for the next 5)!

  1. Start by replacing a bunch of your cleaners (your general spray cleaner, glass cleaner, counter top cleaner, floor and bathroom cleaners) with a natural, nontoxic all-purpose cleaner. You will only need one to do that. Really!
  2. Replace your laundry detergent with a natural nontoxic one so the clothes you wear and the sheets you sleep on have no fumes for you to breathe.
  3. Go to your bathroom and read the shampoo, makeup and moisturizer labels. Ask yourself, “Do I really need scent in these products?” Take stock of all of your other products and try to replace one a week with a safer, greener choice.
  4. Use BPA-free plastic baby bottles and fill them with breast milk or organic formula. Choose powdered formula over canned formula to avoid BPA leaching from the can-lining.
  5. Pay attention (without freaking out) to the toys you buy for your kids. Avoid lead paint and soft plastics that contain phthalates.

Check back tomorrow for the next 5 tips!

For more simple steps, buy Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet (All net proceeds go to charity)

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Sloan Barnett

Sloan Barnett is the author of the NY Times best selling book: Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet . The book outlines how the next wave of green is about the health of our families in addition to the health of our planet.

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