Quite awhile ago, I threw out every traditional, chemical filled cleaning product in my home and replaced them with natural, awesome products from Method, Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation.
I thought it was a good idea. Now I realize it was a seriously fantastic one.
I just heard Dr. Alan Greene (a pediatrician) speak at an event hosted by Seventh Generation. He talked about the dramatic increase of cancer, autism, allergies and asthma in our children. At the same time, children have been exposed to more and more chemicals. Since 1974, 20,000 new chemicals have come into the marketplace.
20,000 new chemicals? Ugh.
20,000 new kinds of low fat cupcakes with fat free frosting? I’d totally be on board.
Dr. Greene says, the environment in your home is far more toxic than the environment outside and kids are much more sensitive to these chemicals.
But it’s so damn easy to fix. And for those of us who are lazy and don’t feel like climbing on our roofs to install solar panels in our free time to create a greener house, here are a few simple steps to create a safer, healthier home.
1. Get rid of all those chemical products. The natural ones work just as well, smell divine and in the event your child gets his or her hands on your window cleaner or another product, you won’t have a nervous breakdown. Look at the warning label on those traditional cleaning products. Lots of scary words like FATAL and DANGER and HAZARD.
2.Use diapers with no chemicals like cloth diapers, gdiapers or Seventh Generation diapers. Honestly, I never could quite get the hang of those cloth diapers but they are the greenest way to go if you’re hard core.
3. Buy some plants. Plants are incredible at cleaning air (according to fancy NASA research).
4. Open the windows from time to time (as long as you have child guards).
So WHAT does this all have to do with “Gossip Girl?”
Turns out, Kelly Rutherford (Lily from “Gossip Girl”) was at this Seventh Generation event too. I was really hoping the very pregnant actress was there to share dark, insider secrets from the GG set but apparently she was just there to promote the need for an eco-friendlier world. A little disappointing don’t you think?
By the way, did you know that this coming week is National Cleaning Week? Just to clarify, this blog does not endorse or recommend cleaning when you could be watching TV.
But if you do get the urge to clean, I’m giving away an “Under The Kitchen Sink Makeover” bag from Seventh Generation, filled with some fabulous, non-toxic products.
Just leave a comment and tell me how you’ve tried to lead a greener life. Or whether you look good in green. Or have green eyes. Or have a green thumb. Or once wore a green sweatsuit on St. Patrick’s Day. Any of those will do.
mama bird notes:
I’ll announce the winner of the SHREK tickets on Monday. It’s not too late to enter. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the post.