Minnesota EcoMoms-Chapter of the EcoMom Alliance


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Filed under: Sustain Your Home, Sustain Your Planet

1. Change a light. If every household in America changed out just 5 light bulbs to energy efficient CFL’s it would be equivalent to taking 8 million cars off the road.2. Drive More Efficiently: Car pool, don’t idle during drop off and pick up, drive a hybrid and drive less. If we each drove just 10 mile less per week, it would save 20 billion pounds of CO2 – and you’ll find more time in your day.

3. Shop local, fair trade and organic. Most food travels an average of 1,200 miles before it reaches your table, so by walking down to your local farmer’s market, you’ll not only reduce fossil fuel waste, you might also reduce your own waist.

4. Use non toxic products for cleaning, bathing, even make-up and you’ll protect the environment as well as reduce you and your family’s risk of disease.

5. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Cutting down on garbage by just 10% can save 1,200 pounds of CO2 and you’ll have less junk around the house!

6. Turn off and unplug electronic devices and you’ll reduce your exposure to electromagnetic radiation, and save on energy and CO2 emissions. You can also start having dinner by candlelight, which your kids, and your partner, will love!

7. Re-think your laundry plan! A favorite of many EcoMoms. Doing less, using cold water and line drying when possible you can save over 500 pounds of CO2 and over $600 per year.

8. Plant a Tree. Or any plant. Just bring more green into your life. This is a great activity to do with your kids to mark special occasions. Over the course of its lifetime, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide. Go organic if you can and avoid those nasty pesticides.

9. Buy carbon offsets and reduce mom guilt, like the SUV you still have. Offsets are kind of like eating too many brownies one day and jogging extra the next. For more information you can visit http://www.nativeenergy.com.

10. Play more. This will be your child’s favorite, and hopefully yours too. In today’s world, it is easy to get so busy that you forget to take time to connect and play with the people you love, and to do things that feed your mind, body and spirit. So do things that make you feel healthy, good and thriving. It’s all connected. Sustain your Home, Sustain Your Planet and Sustain Your Self. You’re on your way to being an EcoMom!

(EcoMom Alliance)

Many Traditional Cleaning Chemicals are Hazardous for Human Health and the Environment

Health Conditions Associated with Chemicals in Traditional Cleaning Chemicals

  • Asthma and other respiratory ailments
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Dizziness
  • Eye, nose, throat, and skin irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Major organ damage
  • Permanent eye damage
  • Reproductive disorders

The 55 million people who spend their days inside elementary and secondary schools are particularly susceptible to health problems caused by cleaning products1. Traditional cleaning products can contain harmful chemicals that can cause cancer, reproductive disorders, major organ damage, and permanent eye damage. Other common health problems associated with cleaning chemicals include asthma and other respiratory ailments, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue2. According to a study of New York schools, 71 percent of school nurses indicated that they knew students whose learning or health were affected by indoor environmental pollutants, including cleaning products, while 70 percent indicated that they knew staff who were affected3.

Cleaning products are also washed down the drain and find their way into drinking water, lakes, and streams, adversely affecting plant and animal life and further threatening public health4. Cleaning chemicals are responsible for about eight percent of total non-vehicular emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause respiratory problems, contribute to smog formation, and inhibit plant growth5.

(A Clean Sweep:Cleaner, Safer, Effective Affordable Products)

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