I used to think going green was something reserved for the upper crust, the elite, those folks with boat loads of money. I thought there was no feasible way for a busy family like ours to ever consider “going green.” But that’s not the case and I need to pay closer attention to the harsh chemicals and toxins that my kids and I are being exposed to in our very own home. Ugh! With help from Seventh Generation, Stonyfield and Healthy Child Healthy World, I recently learned that it’s never too late to start making changes in our daily lives to make sure my home is safe and my kids are healthy. IT ALL ADDS UP. Take a look at this ~
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a Seventh Generation Virtual Healthy Baby Home Party where I learned a TON about simple and affordable ways families can limit their exposure to harsh chemicals. Healthy Child, Healthy World offers these tips:
- Take off your shoes at the door: 85 percent of the dirt in our homes is tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes. It’s not just dirt, but toxics like lead, pesticides, gasoline residue and more. Keep your home safer by taking off your shoes. It’s the public health equivalent of washing your hands.
2. Buy safer body care: Children are exposed to an average of 27 care product ingredients on a daily basis that have not been found safe for developing bodies. Protect your family’s health by avoiding products with ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances & triclosan. For a list of most-toxic offenders, download our free eBook, “Easy Steps to a Healthy & Safe Nursery.”
3. Open a window: People spend about 90 percent of their time inside, but indoor air is typically far more polluted than outside. So, open those windows! Even a few minutes a day can improve indoor air quality.
4. Eat more whole foods: Processed foods may be convenient, but they’re also loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors and colorings, and synthetic preservatives. These lack nutrients and many are also linked to health issues like ADHD and even cancer.
- Research from the University of Washington suggests you can immediately and dramatically reduce the pesticide content in a child’s body by switching to organic foods.
- Stonyfield Organic offers an arrangement of foods for babies, kids and adults; pure, delicious organic yogurts, smoothies, soy yogurts, ice cream and milk.
- They are all made without:
- Synthetic hormones
- Toxic Persistent Pesticides
- Artificial Ingredients
5. Ban the can: Bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone disruptor that has been linked to everything from obesity to cancer, is in the plastic resin that lines most canned goods—from soups to sodas. Look for foods packaged in glass or eat fresh, dried, and frozen options.
Feel like learning more about creating a healthy home environment for babies and young kids? Join us tomorrow for the Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Twitter Party! Here are the details:
What: Join the Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Twitter Party – which brings Healthy Baby Home Parties online. The home parties were developed in partnership with Healthy Child Healthy World to give moms like us a platform to share parenting ideas and rally our friends around topics that resonate deeply – like creating a healthy environment for our babies and kids. We’ll share tips and advice for creating a toxin-free home environment for your kids, ingredients to avoid, recommended products and more.
When: Tuesday, June 25, at 1p ET / noon CT / 10a PT
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #HealthyBaby hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/
Prizes: Five prizes will be awarded throughout the party to participants who respond correctly to trivia questions. Each winner will receive a package of Seventh Generation products.
Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann, @SeventhGen
And lucky you, I’m giving away a Seventh Generation Prize Pack to one lucky reader here at Stowed Stuff! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below! (U.S. Residents Only)
Disclosure: I received products and compensation for taking part in this campaign with The Motherhood. As usual, all opinions are my own.