If you are anything like me, I get overwhelmed with all the stats, facts, and news about the environment and health. How can little me make any difference in the whole scheme of things? Since joining Beautycounter, I have learned how even the smallest changes can have an impact on my health and the planet. The small changes add up! So, I want to share with you 6 simple, inexpensive changes you can make to live safer: 1. Choose glass over plastic
Some plastic containers contained the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), which the FDA has labeled hazardous to our health. To minimize exposure to harmful chemicals leaking into your food, choose a glass container. If you must use plastic as you switch out, do not microwave in a plastic container. 2. Replace non-stick pans with stainless steel, cast iron, or ceramic-coated
Non-stick (teflon) pans are hazardous to your health and the environment. The non-stick coating is made with the chemicals PTFE and PFOA which can release harmful chemical fumes. These chemicals are linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and damage to the environment. I admit that I recently threw away our one teflon pan that I used for eggs, but we invested in a ceramic-coated pan that I love (HERE)! Target and Amazon sell both cast-iron and ceramic pans.
4. Buy organic when possible
If I could, I would buy all meat and dairy organic, as well as many fruits and veggies. However, at this point in our lives, that’s not financially possible, so I buy organic when I can using the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Dirty Dozen” list for fruits and veggies with the highest risk of pesticide exposure. Aldi and Trader Joe’s have a great selection of organic produce and dairy! Also, this summer I have been loving all the local produce at the farmers market, which usually has a great selection of organic and/or chemical-free produce.
What changes have you made to live safer?