Nowadays, finding ways to save the planet from human kind should be right up there on our lists of priorities. The effect that humans have had on our beautiful planet is inexcusable, and we need to find ways to stop hurting Mother Nature. One way that we can do that is by reducing our chemical burden. That means helping our environment by limiting the amount of chemicals that you consume on a daily basis. Read on for 8 Ways to Help Save the Planet by Easing Your Chemical Burden:
1. Natural Shower Curtains
The vast majority of shower curtains are made out of vinyl, which is very damaging to the planet. Switch to a shower curtain made of natural fibers. This will not only reduce the chemical burden on the planet, you will also be helping your family’s health – the hot environment of a shower has been linked to releasing potentially cancerous phthalates into the air; a shower curtain made out of natural fibers will stop this from being an issue.
2. Limit Plastic Usage
One easy way to limit plastic usage is to stop buying bottled water, but instead use refillable bottles that are made out of environmentally friendly materials. You will not only be saving the planet, but also reducing the damage to your purse – bottled water is expensive, and easily replaceable!
3. Fewer Canned Foods
Cans of food contain chemicals which can be a real burden to the planet. Buying fresh foods can be expensive, but they are better for you. Of course, it’s even better if you can grow your own food.
It’s legally acceptable for fragrance companies not to reveal what chemicals and other nasties they are placing into our fragrances, so we have no idea what chemical burden they are carrying. If you want to buy scented body fragrances, look for brands which have ethical environment policies, rather than the big companies which do not.
5. Antibacterial Products Are out
You can help to save the planet if you stop using antibacterial products in your everyday life. Switch your damaging anti-bacterial hand wash with regular soap, which, by the way, can also be used to wash clothes and shower with.
6. Toothpaste Selection
Be careful of your favorite toothpaste. The toothpaste that you use will go directly down your drain and into local water supplies, damaging the environment if you aren’t careful about the brands you are using. There is no need for toothpastes to be bright colors or taste like gum and those can only be created by adding to the chemical burden.
7. Take off Your Shoes inside
You don’t know what sort of horrible chemicals you are bringing into your house when you don’t take off your shoes at the door, so start doing so. The chemicals that you are walking through your house could damaging to the health of your family, as well as your furniture; by taking off your shoes and replacing them with socks or slippers, you help to save the planet as well as helping your home.
8. Don’t Buy Non-stick Pans
Teflon is one of the worst offenders when it comes to adding to the chemical burden. Stainless steel pans are a better alternative, as they can be used in much the same way as a non-stick pan.
I hope that by reading this list you have realized that you can easily help save the planet simply by reducing your personal chemical burden. These are only little things but if we all do them, it adds up. Humans have been destroying this planet gradually for hundreds of years, and although it’s only recently that helping the planet has become a popular idea, there is still more that we can all do to reduce the impact we’re having as individuals. Please do leave comments with any suggestions or even stories of your experiences trying to reduce your chemical burden – I’d love to read what you have to say on the matter.
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