When I first became a health coach, my primary interest and focus was food and nutrition. I never gave too much thought as to how our external environment impacted our health – pesticides on the food we eat, harmful ingredients in products we use daily and even pollutants in the air we breathe.
To be honest, it all felt a bit overwhelming to me – so much of it seemed beyond our control. And we can’t just put ourselves in a big glass bubble, right?!
But the truth is, little swaps DO make a difference. And these small changes begin to add up towards a large impact on our personal health and the health of our planet.
I put together a few super simple swaps that will start to create a healthier, greener home.
Swap plastic containers for glass or unlined stainless steel.
Most plastics contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a xenoestrogen, a class of chemical that mimics estrogen in the body. Instead of plastic, go with glass – it won’t leach toxic chemicals onto your food – and it also minimizes waste!
If you can’t switch all your plastic for Pyrex or other glass storage, start with a few inexpensive mason jars. And prioritize your glass containers for use with heated foods. Heat causes plastic to break down and will leach harmful compounds more quickly.
Take your shoes off at the door.
Yep, this one doesn’t cost a thing! The bottoms of your shoes are dirty and wearing them inside can increase your exposure to dust, lead, bacteria, and other pollutants that could lead to health problems.
And going barefoot is actually really good for your feet by giving them full range of motion that they don’t get when stuffed in your shoes. Plus, floors that are less dirty = less time cleaning. Always a good thing 🙂
Instead of dryer sheets, try wool dryer balls.
Dryer sheets are filled with synthetic fragrances with increase your exposure to potentially toxic chemicals and hormone disruptors. Reusable dryer balls are a great option to use instead. If you want your clothes to smell fresh, just add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to the dryer ball. I love adding a few drops of lavendar oil – especially on my sheets and towels!
Once you make these changes, you most likely won’t even miss how you did things before! And small changes make big impacts over time.
Let me know what changes you have made towards greening your home!