In America today, the average household is exposed to 72,000 chemicals, according to the new documentary Chemerical. The accumulated effect is degradation of health and living conditions, especially in children.
Sadly, chemicals are just about everywhere these days. 90% of Americans have Bisphenol A (BPA) in their bloodstream, which is present in many plastics. Switching to Bisphenol S (BPS) isn’t any better, which is what many plastic manufacturers have done.
Individually, all household chemicals have been labeled as being at “safe” levels, but combine BPA’s or BPS’s with nonylphenols – present in many household cleaners and pesticides – and you have created serious hormone disruptors.
We at Apple Park want to encourage everyone to go as chemical free as possible. The following are five simple ways to go chemical free.
1. Create your own cleaners! There are countless great household recipes for creating cleaners that are ecologically friendly. Read our post on 12 Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Recipes for more information.
2. Eliminate chemicals in household cleaners. They are lurking about in most of the household cleaning products on the market today, including bleach, ammonia, air fresheners, all sorts of cleaners and laundry room products.
3. Remove all BPA and BPS products from your home, present in many plastics. Some plastics are better than others. To be completely on the safe side, you could switch to glass or stainless steel.
4. Get rid of pesticides. They are toxic and attack the nervous system. Just smelling some types of pesticides will absorb the poison into the lungs.
5. Remove from your home all products with chemical warning labels that say: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION. This may feel like a big stretch, but why keep these dangerous toxic concoctions around?
Living in a way that is ecologically friendly is a benefit to everyone who comes through our homes and to the environment, so let’s all do our part to live healthy, happy lives.