6 tips to improve Your Environmental Health
So what can you do to help? Try adopting some of these easy lifestyle changes to improve environmental health.
1. Purchase and use non-aerosol, non-toxic sunscreen. The tiny particles of sunscreen become breathable and are held in the air. For your child's lungs and for your lungs. Click here for a complete guide for purchasing preferred sunscreens from the Environmental Working Group. I use their SkinDeep database to double check ingredients for most of my personal care products, including sunscreens.
2. Pack a zero-waste lunch and snacks for yourself and for your child, for school days and every day! Or start with once a week. Then slowly increase it. Make it a goal to try for zero-waste lunch for the New Year. A cloth napkin can hold a sandwich, leftover pizza, some fruit, or other small snacks. I prefer to send my kiddos with stainless steel containers. I'm not a big fan of plastic. The combination of glass and kiddos just freaks me out to much.
3. Adopt a "No idling policy" for your household and ask the same for family members or caregivers that drive your child. Especially at school. All schools. Please.
4. Limit or avoid fragrances in products. Avoid burning candles indoors. So much of our environment is the air we breathe. Typical air fresheners create particulate matter that we breathe. The same goes for candles. Improving air flow and ventilation can help with odd smells as well as a shallow dish with baking soda to absorb smells.
5. Offer your child recycled materials for projects. Pasitos has an imagination station. Full of lots of fun goodies. We often like to stock it with recycled materials. It gives the object another life, another purpose. It also gives us the opportunity to talk with the children about reusing objects. You might even catch us singing the song, "Reduce, reuse, recycle..." Truth: My children like to monitor our recycling at home and take boxes, cartons, jars, etc. in order to use for robots, kitchens, space stations, etc. Making use of lots of household recycling materials, my children get several hours of engaging play and then I get to recycle it when they lose interest, usually within a week.
6. Use green cleaning supplies. For cleaning yourself and cleaning all the stuff around you. The EWG helps us again in determining toxicity of products and ingredients with their green cleaning guide.
In a nutshell, these six small steps can lead to big change to protect the health of our children, our health, and the health of our planet, too. Teach your child that small actions can make a big difference by modeling simple, eco-friendly practices.