Guest Post: Toxins to Avoid

 

NOPE: some Toxins to Avoid this Year

 
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Written by guest blogger Emily Walsh

We are a society on the go. Our days are filled with demanding jobs, never ending to-do lists, and scrolling social feeds. We barely have enough time to follow through on our new year resolutions, let alone think about the inconspicuous toxins that are infiltrating our products, body, and world.  

If the first part of 2018 has been a resolution trial run - you’re not alone. It’s never too late, however, to start again. Make this the year you go toxin-free!

TOXINS TO AVOID THIS YEAR

BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a chemical found in plastic that makes its way into our food. The chemical is added to many consumer plastics like food storage containers and water bottles. While its effects are still being studied, it is believed that BPA may cause infertility. One study even found that women experiencing frequent miscarriages had three times the amount of BPA in their systems than women with successful pregnancies. As if that’s not enough reason to throw away those plastic products, BPA has also been linked to cancer, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes.

Asbestos, a fibrous material used in the construction of homes until the mid 1970s, is not a toxin to mess with. In the current era of the DIYer, inspiration is everywhere. The days of hiring a contractor to do a seemingly simple renovation are bygone now that we have Chip, Joanna, and Pinterest. But before you take that shiplap wall into your own hands, find out what’s inside it first.

Asbestos could be hiding in your walls, floors, or ceiling, and if inhaled during demolition could result in mesothelioma - a rare and aggressive cancer. So before you take on a new project (which you totally should), have a certified abatement specialist inspect your home if was built prior to 1980.


Have you ever looked on the label of your household cleaning products? Even name brand cleaners contain chemicals like ammonia, chlorine, perchloroethylene and 2-butoxyethanol. Without surprise, these chemicals are dangerously toxic and have been known to increase your risk of cancer, asthma, and reproductive disorders. If a pet or child manages to consume any of these products, poisoning can be fatal. Switching your chemical cleaners for organic products made with all-natural ingredients will help keep you and your loved ones safe. For a cheaper solution, simple instructions for DIY chemical-free cleaners are all over the internet.