Earth Day Every Day: Fifth Installment

The last 12 items in this final installment (#42-50) to celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary are from a booklet by the Environmental Working Group. I emailed www.ewg.org to see if it is still available, and the person sent me downloads for three booklets, but none with this title: A Year of Healthy Living: 12 Tips for a Greener Lifestyle. Since the booklet isn’t available, I plan to provide more information about some of these tips in future postings. es

 

JANUARY (number 39): Filter your Tap WaterI have been using a Multi-Pure water filter for years . Website: (www.multipure.com) Saves me money; no plastic bottles; pure water to remove contaminants with from a filter tap attached to a small filter tank under the sink. For more information, please email me at: menupause.info@gmail.com.)

FEBRUARY (number 40): Pick Safer Cosmetics – Become a label reader and skip skin care products with dangerous or questionable ingredients. The booklet lists six with possible harmful ingredients and has a link for a full list of ingredients with possible impurities: www.ewg.org/skindeep.

MARCH (number 41): Clean Green- According to ewg, our government does not require full disclosure on cleaning products so I stick to ones from the health food store, such as Seventh Generation*. The booklet lists ammonia, 2-butoxyethanol, chlorine bleach, pesticides/disinfectants and active ingredients (which are generally harsh or toxic) such as ADBAC, triclosan,¬† and any products ending in “-monium chloride.” *My Seventh Generation Disinfectant Wipes have none of these ingredients.

 

APRIL (number 42): Start Smart with Breakfast: The booklet lists 10 Worst Children’s Cereals based on sugar by weight and includes 5 from Kellogs, 4 from Quaker Oats, and one from Post. ewg suggests a bowl of organic oatmeal (Health food stores carry a sprouted organic oatmeal), but I like Nicole Bond’s grain-free
muesli which I will ask permission to post.

MAY (number 43): Tricks to Avoid Triclosan: Triclosan is an anti-bacterial chemical found in many consumer products such as liquid hand soap*, toothpaste, facewash, etc. Triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity and can end up in rivers, lakes, andother water sources because wastewater treatment does remove ALL chemicals. *My liquid hand soap is from  Small World Trading Co. and has no harsh chemicals: no parabens, no synthetic fragrances, and no triclosan are printed on the label.

JUNE (number 44): Plant a Garden: EWG has three reasons to get out and grow:
1) You avoid pesticides, 2) You avoid containers and packaging that contaminate food with common toxic substances, and 3) You can compost at home. (Use for your garden.( If you live in a place where there is no yard but have a patio, you can plant small vegetables and herbs on your patio. I also grow my own sprouts and microgreens. (Put sprouts and microgreens in my SEARCH box, and watch for another new posting on these items soon, I promise! (Also, check out EWG’s Dirty Dozen and Clean Green on my site or on ewg.org when you buy your produce.

JULY (number 45): Eat Less and Greener Meat: Since my recipes are meatless, I will focus mainly on EWG’s recommendation (direct quote): “This month, we challenge you to pick a day and go meatless.” For other meals, it’s important to know what you are buying (grass-fed or pastured raised meat, no growth hormones, avoid lunchmeats with nittrates, and sustainable seafood).I challenge you to go meatless one day each week!

AUGUST (number 46): Skip Single-Use Plastic: Avoid BPA, a synthetic estrogen used to harden polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resin found in most internal can coatings. EWG also recommends:
1) glass or BPA-free plastic baby bottles, 2) avoid polycarbonate drinks marked with #7 or PC, 3) use glass over plastic but if that’s not a choice, numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5 are generally safer (without BPA), 4) don’t microwave plastics or fill with hot liquids, 5) wash plastics by hand, 6) use stainless steel water bottles without synthetic linings, and 7) recycle old, scratched water bottles.

 

SEPTEMBER (number 47): Pack a lunch:Fill it with healthful foods (fresh fruits and veggies, hard boiled (organic) eggs, yogurt with fruit but no added sugar, whole grain snack or cereal, etc. and a way to keep the lunch cold. (If you Google “Good Food on a Budget” from EWG, you can download a free guide.

OCTOBER (number 48): Save Money and Eat Nutritious: The booklet lists 6 ideas for this as examples, such as avocado toast, and also lists what not to buy, such as fruit cocktail in heavy syrup, processed cheese, and luncheon meats. (My website is geared to foods that are fresh, lightly processed, and relatively low in cost because while I don’t eat meat, I do buy organic, so I think it’s a trade off.)

NOVEMBER (number 49): Cook with Healthy Utensils: (direct quote) “Skip the non-stick so you don’t breathe toxic fumes while cooking on high heat. Replace those plastic tongs and spatulas with safer alternatives like bamboo and ditch plastic storage containers. (This is on my to do list since I do have some plastic utensils and non-stick pans.) EWG suggests cast iron (which I do have) instead on non-stick.

DECEMBER (NUMBER 50): BE A GREEN PARTY GOER (see substitute>>>>: Because of social distancing, we may not be having parties for a long time, so I would just suggest you make a strong effort to green-up your cleaning supplies, your cooking and storage utensils, and your personal skin products, as well as your clothing (I have posted info on organic clothing, but you can just go online to find good sources with reasonable prices, and I will add more.) Picking one area each month the way EWG has suggested is a great way not to become overwhelmed with all the changes! So I would just sum this up with THINK GREEN!

 

This concludes my 50 tips and ideas for Earth Day Every Day. I do have a summary that I will post in a few days, which includes my thoughts on “after the shut down, what comes next?”

 

 

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