It’s time to stop playing hide and seek with the cancer causing chemicals in your backyard! If you have young kids, this is one of the places they are most likely to get exposed to chemicals.
There are so many things in our every day environment that are linked to cancer risk. It’s true that many of these things on their own and in low doses don’t seem to cause cancer. But, we don’t fully understand the effect of low dose exposures over time and what happens when you have multiple low dose exposures.
Until we know the answers behind long term exposures and multiple combined exposures, it’s recommended that we minimize as many toxic exposures as possible. These toxins impact not only cancer risk, but also can influence asthma, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a variety of other health conditions. I have noticed that when I start talking about toxins in our environment the audience either:
- Glaze over
- Gets super freaked out
- Becomes overwhelmed with changes that they want to make
That’s why I’ve created the h.a.p.py way of greening your home and reducing your health risks from environmental exposures.
So what’s the h.a.p.py way to go green?
H – find out what’s HIDING
A – learn what you need to ADD to make your home toxin free
P – figure out what to PITCH to get the toxins far away from you and your family.
I recommend just picking 1 thing at a time to prevent overwhelm or the glazed over look.
You can do this! It’s not that hard. I promise.
What’s HIDING in your BACKYARD?
Arsenic, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, solvents, PVC/vinyl, excess nitrogen, diesel, deet, and endocrine disruptors…just to name a few. In fact, the Journal of public health reported that children who live in homes using weed and insect killers are 4 to 5 times more likely to develop cancer! People who work in the lawn care industry or golf industry are more likely to have lymphoma, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.
What do I need to ADD?
- Safe alternatives to pesticides
- Vinyl free hose
- Safe playset
- Manual motors and tools
- Plants native to your area
- Propane or gas grill
- Natural bug repellent
- EWG approved sunscreen
- Door mat.
What do I need to PITCH?
- Your shoes at the front door
- Toxic sunblock
- PVC pool floaties
- Pressure treated wood
- Vinyl hose
- Chemical fertilizer
- Toxic playset and splash pool
- Gasoline fueled mowers and blowers
- Non-native plants
- Charcoal BBQ briquettes
- DEET based bug repellent
- Toxic sunblock