Thursday, March 19, 2009

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Toxin Exposure

Last week I shared some of the easy-to-implement tips I've learned from reading Living Like Ed. Today, I am bringing you some of his more easy tips for limiting your toxic exposure or toxic load. These are all hand picked from the many in his book, with an eye on choosing the most simple ones to use.
  • When buying furniture, try to find items made with sustainable materials such as bamboo. Ikea, a major mainstream furniture manufacturer and retailer, carries many products made from sustainable products.
  • Using a reusable water bottle is no new idea. I posted on this way back in October at Dropping the Bottled Water Habit. Ed uses one made of corn, that is not only biodegradable, but washable and reusable. I'm not sure I understand how that works, but it is a really clever idea. It has its own filter, so you'll be drinking healthier water. Find this at New Wave Enviro.
  • This one is really new to me, and the science goes over my head (blonde moment!). Ed sells a battery-free flashlight on his website at Living Like Ed, that stores electricity in a capacitor for when it is needed. Apparently it has a much longer life expectancy than a solar flashlight or rechargeable batteries. Talk about a lightbulb moment!
  • You may have heard that avoiding Parabens is a good idea. This is because they mimic estrogen. Breast cancer tumors often are found to contain parabens, which is a good clue to why you ought to consider avoiding them. These preservatives are found in many mainstream personal care products, such as creams and lotions, so read those labels.
  • Choose a healthier dry cleaner that does not use perc, a known carcinogen, and air and water polluter. Check out my post at A Greener Shade of Dry Cleaning, for more information on this topic.

I've really enjoyed reading this book and encourage you to check it out. I especially got a tickle out of the banter between Ed and his more aesthetically-oriented wife, when they differed on how to handle green options. It is a clever format that keeps the book's topic light and fun.

Next week I'll return with a final installment from this book, a list of items that should never be sent to the landfill. Most will not be news, but you may learn a thing or two about a few others. I did. See you then.

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