Gardening

7 ways to minimize the use of plastic in our home and make it healthier

We are surrounded by plastic  (remember that plastic is made of oil). This material, in addition to being highly polluting for the environment , contains endocrine disruptors that alter our hormones , which perform countless tasks in our body, such as controlling the functions of the organs or maintaining an optimal balance in our body.

Plastics contain components that alter and interfere with this hormonal balance and can cause diseases, and not only that, but also food, hygiene products, etc. that contain these plastics are also contaminated. A study by the American Society for Endocrinology  concluded that even low exposure to endocrine disruptors causes cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, or infertility.

To try to avoid as much as possible exposing our health , and that of our environment, to the effects of endocrine disruptors, we suggest these tips:

 

Ways to minimize the use of plastic in our home

* Make your own products for cleaning, hygiene and personal care : in our bathrooms we have a multitude of products (the vast majority in plastic cans) that we can perfectly substitute for others that we make at home. Thus we avoid disruptors and also synthetic and harmful chemicals that have shampoos, toothpaste, cleaners, etc. Here are several recipes to try.

* Opt for products that can be refilled or reused : such as printer ink cartridges, blades, lighters, etc.

* Curtains, sofas, blankets, sheets and other fabrics that we find in our home : many of these fabrics are made from synthetic fibers that come from plastic, such as polyester or nylon. And sometimes they are very harmful because there is not adequate ventilation, as is the case with shower curtains, where toxic chemicals are easier to concentrate. Feel free to choose natural and ecological materials made from cotton or hemp.

* When you go to your local market, take your bags : it is worth buying natural fabric bags and always use them every time we go to the market. Thus we do not participate in the contamination of our environment and our organic fruits and vegetables will not be contaminated. In addition, buying in bulk we avoid unnecessary packaging and we take the amount we need.

* Tupers and glass jars to store food : when we have to store food, whether it is prepared food that we will keep in the fridge or other types of food that we will keep in cupboards, avoid plastic materials. As I mentioned before, synthetic chemicals pass into food and later into our body when we eat them. Cut that chain. Plastic or plastic wrap often contains PVC , which is a carcinogen, so try to avoid that too

* Water and other bottled beverages : bottled water is much more expensive than tap water and is also of poorer quality. If the water in the area where you live has too much lime or has flavor, you can look for filters to put on the taps or even filter jugs to purify the water. In the long run it will be much cheaper than buying bottles, you will be drinking good water and the environment will thank you.

* Floors and carpets : carpets or mats and some types of floors are often made with carcinogenic materials such as PVC, which are constantly releasing volatile components such as glues, varnishes and a multitude of toxic synthetic chemicals that compromise our health. Remember that children are especially sensitive to all these toxins. Replace them with natural materials available in your area such as ceramics, woods, and natural fabrics.

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