Eco Friendly Living for Health

Eco friendly living is a must if you want to protect your health and the health of the planet. We evolved in harmony with nature and are meant to live that way. The further we move away from that, the more we put ourselves at risk.

The following living green tips are easy to incorporate into your modern lifestyle. They help you replace harmful man made chemicals and consumption of pollution causing resources with healthier alternatives. 

Clean air, food, water and land improve wellness and quality of life. Beauty and nature are good for the soul. Not only that, you conserve resources and are likely to save money, especially in health care.

Toxins in all forms compromise your quality of life in mind, body, and spirit.

Gasses, poisons and particles from pollution are a major source of many health problems. What is in your air, water, and food supply eventually ends up inside you. Pollution in homes can be several times greater than outdoors due to out-gassing and chemical use.

When these poisons get absorbed by your tissues and stored in your body, they interfere with proper cell functioning. You may lose energy and vitality, and become more susceptible to cancer, heart disease, and  lung issues. 

Make a habit of limiting your consumption of energy and chemicals. Then you contribute to the wellness of all beings on this planet, including yourself. 

10 Eco Friendly Living Green Tips

The idea of eco friendly living can be overwhelming. Just remember every little bit helps, and more is better. Start with the following living green tips. They are easy to implement and will save you money. As you practice eco friendly living habits you will naturally grow in awareness. You will discover and implement even more ways to go green.

1-Be discerning about what you put on your skin and in your body.

  • Many people are on one or more pharmaceutical drugs. These drugs can be toxic in your body. You excrete them into the water supply for other people to drink when you use the bathroom. Follow directions for use carefully. Do not flush unused drugs.  Talk to your medical provider about possible natural alternatives. 
  • Personal products such as soap, shampoo, feminine products and cosmetics often contain unnatural ingredients which absorb through your skin and end up in the air and water supply. Ditto for your laundry soap. 
  • Choose organic or more natural products when possible. Read labels carefully or make your own chemical free beauty products that nurture your health instead of putting you at risk. There are plenty of good quality, green personal products on the market to choose from. You can even make your own version of expensive products for pennies on the dollar. Make extra for eco friendly gift giving.

2-Boycott plastic water bottles. This eco friendly living tip directly benefits you and the planet. 

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Pure water is one of the most essential things you put into your body. Use filtering pitchers or tap filters and refill your own bottles. Glass and stainless steel are good choices. Plastic made from petroleum and obesogenic hormone disrupting chemicals can make you fat and sick. They leach chemicals into the water, especially when hot. 

Do not be fooled by BPA-free plastic. Most likely it was replaced by the equally toxic BPS. If you taste plastic, you are drinking chemicals. Not only that, but every year, people in the U.S. dump enough plastic water bottles to circle the earth over 100 times. 

3-Carry your own reusable bags with you on shopping trips.  Canvas bags are inexpensive, sturdy, last a long time, wash well, and hold a lot of groceries. 

Return plastic bags to the store for recycling or reuse them on your next visit. Plastic bag manufacturing in the U.S. alone burns approximately 12 million barrels of oil a year and hundreds of millions of bags end up in landfills and waterways. They take approximately 1,000 years to degrade. 

4-Eco friendly living starts at home and in your neighborhood. Buy it local. Transporting goods requires a lot of fuel. Support your local economy including the small farmers in your area. Much of their produce at farmers markets is fresh, high quality, and organic or close to it. Feel free to ask.

5-Choose non-toxic green cleaning products to protect your family and environment from chemical toxins that make you sick. 

Using green cleaning products is an important part of eco friendly living. They help you protect your health, your home, and the environment from toxic fumes and chemicals. They do a great job for all but the toughest cleaning needs.

It's very easy and inexpensive to make effective green cleaning products at home. Lemon, baking soda, white vinegar, water and natural soap are common ingredients. 

  • Baking soda deodorizes carpets, refrigerators, dog beds and upholstery. Brush it into the material, leave 15 minutes or so, and vacuum it up. Use baking soda in place of gritty cleansers.
  • Use plant based detergents and cleansers. Trust your nose. If it smells like petroleum and chemicals, it probably is. A walk down the cleaning product aisle at your local store will confirm this. The smell wafts right through the plastic. You don't need that poison in your home.  If you have to use chemicals, be sure to protect your skin and lungs. Castile soap works great for general cleaning. Some green cleaning products contain enzymes or botanical solutions. Essential oils may be added for deodorizing, disinfecting and added cleaning power. One of my favorite green cleaning products is Tropical Tradition's All Purpose Cleaner. 
  • For a little more 'oomph' on grease or harder to remove scum, try Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds. I use it full strength in the tub. Steam mops use only water and make cleaning a breeze. 

6- Limit disposable items. Use real dishes and silverware. Drink from a mug, not styrofoam, which takes 500 years to degrade.  It is made from coal, petroleum and ethylene which pollutes air and water. These chemicals cause lung cancer and neurological problems. 25% of landfill waste is chemical leaching styrofoam. Need a doggy bag? Bring your own reusable container. 

7-Think eco friendly living when remodeling. 

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Choose green home products such as low VOC paints, carpets and countertops made with recycled materials, and natural sustainably grown products over synthetics to reduce unhealthy indoor air pollution.

Boycott unsustainable hard woods harvested from rain forests. Cutting down the rain forests to satisfy the human desire for pretty wood is a travesty.

Utility companies may offer free energy assessments and suggest options to optimize energy saving. Weather stripping and caulking are inexpensive and easy. Insulating ceilings and walls, or replacing old windows are more costly in the short term, but pay for themselves in a few years and save you lots of money after that. They save literally tons of energy resources and spare the earth tons of CO2 emissions, making them win-win for everyone.

8-Reduce use of lights, TV and appliances when possible.  Electronics using phantom power waste energy and create tons of emissions. Unplug or turn off power strips when finished using them for the day. Turn off lights when no one is in the room for more than 10-15 minutes. Set your freezer to two degrees and your refrigerator to 37 degrees. Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees. That is hot enough and safer, too. These simple practices limit pollution, save natural resources and lots of money.

As a bonus, you will reduce the electro-magnetic waves in your home. Always limit how often you stand close to, or touch electronics, including your cell phone. Speaking of cell phones, keep them away from your head and body. They emit radiation, and radiation causes cancer.

9-Use compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs. They use four times less energy than regular bulbs and last fifteen times longer. Newer LED light bulbs are much improved. If every American household changes out ten lights it would be like taking 16 million cars off the road for a year. You can now get them mercury-free.

10-Use your clothes washer and dryer efficiently.  Wash in warm or cold water. Hot water is rarely necessary. High efficiency washers save a lot of water and detergent, and spin out more water to reduce drying time. Do a few loads at a time. A warmed up dryer saves drying time and energy. Remove lint after every load to dry clothes faster. Too much lint is a fire hazard and wastes energy. 

These ten green living tips are small changes you can easily make. There are many more. Once you start implementing them and establish new habits, eco friendly living will be second nature.

Eco friendly living is an important part of healthy living.  If you, or someone in your home, has a chronic illness, make using green cleaning products and personal care products a high priority. Using green home products are really 'no brainers' for everyone because once the switches are made you can forget about them.

By yourself the effects of living green on the planet may appear insignificant. Do not kid yourself. When lots of people pitch in, the benefits are enormous. Please do your part. The health advantages of living a chemical free lifestyle are huge. Your home and our planet will be a healthier place for you and all of us to live.

Resource: Environmental Working Group Consumer Guides

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