How To Reduce Toxic Chemicals in the Living Environment

Global warming and pollution are some the biggest problems we all face today. For the past few years, there has been a growing emphasis on "going green" - using eco-friendly products, recycling, safe disposal of toxic and other wastes and chemicals which harm the environment. As individuals, it is important to know, how to make the best and limited use of natural resources and clean up after ourselves, so that we do leave a green and thriving planet for the generations to come. You can begin to contribute to this cause, by reducing the amount of toxic chemicals or other harmful materials, which affect the living environment around you. This also does not require any great investment or overhaul of your current living system, you just need to identify whether the products or materials you are using are good or bad for the environment and then switch to environment-friendly products and methods. Here's how.

Step 1

Cleaning material. Get rid of the chemical-laden cleaners and other material you use to clean your home and surroundings. A ‘green' method to clean is to use heat and water, which is where steam cleaners come in. These cleaners do not use harmful chemicals which, over a period of time, degrade the environment around your home. With steam cleaners, cleaning any kind of surface such as floors, countertops, doors, walls and windows, is very simple and also very hygienic, as the steam effectively cleans all dirt and kills any bacteria or other microorganisms which may be lurking around your home.

Step 2

Clean water supply. Using water purifiers which contain ‘activated' carbon are very useful in cleaning your home's water supply, ridding it of all chemicals, synthetic or otherwise, such as lead, chlorine, drug contaminants, etc. These appliances can be fixed to sources of your water supply, such as taps or main conduits, and come with guarantees to remove all kinds of contaminants, making your water supply safe.

Step 3

‘Green' cookware. It is time to get rid of all those pots and pans coated with synthetic materials such as Teflon or other non-stick compounds, since these contain toxic chemicals which leach into your food during the cooking process. Instead, switch to cookware material made out of naturally non-stick material, such as soapstone, which has no chemicals or other toxins, being 100% natural. In addition to being toxin-free, soapstone is also very durable, rust-free and energy-efficient. Soapstone is a natural mineral found in vast quantities in countries such as Brazil, from where it is imported and cut down to make cookware such as pans, griddles and pots in various sizes.

Step 4

Organic fabrics. This category applies to all your clothing, bedding, sheets, table linen, curtains, etc. Organic fabrics are chemical-free and are made from organically grown cotton, and are graded with the appropriate certifications and guarantees. The range of fabric covers all your bedding needs such as mattresses, sheets, blankets, pillows, etc. Also available are organic table linen, such as cloth napkins, table covers and place mats. By switching to organic table ware, you will be reducing the need for cutting down trees to produce paper, stop deforestation and reduce the amount of waste which piles up in landfills and disposal dumps. Additionally, you need to use chemical bleaches to clean these fabrics, which cuts down on the amount of toxic chemicals released into the environment. Organic fabrics can be bleached with hydrogen peroxide, an inert chemical which does not release any toxins when used.

These are just a few of the measures you can take to reduce toxic chemicals in the living environment around you. Other steps you can take to do your bit for the environment - switching to eco-friendly power sources such as solar, wind power, etc, replace fossil fuels such as petrol, gasoline, etc for natural fuels such as ethane, hybrid cells, etc. Every aspect of your life should be scrutinized to see where you can make the necessary changes to continue living in a green and thriving environment.


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