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KIND's ethos is all about being KIND to yourself and KIND to the planet. Whilst we’ve talked about how to eliminate single-use plastics from one’s life, and why this is good for us and the environment, we’ve barely elaborated on what being KIND to yourself looks like, or even why it’s important.
Nowadays we are exposed to a lot more chemicals than generations before, yet very little is assessed for safety with some legislation outdated by almost five decades. Therefore, it’s up to us to do enough research to make informed purchasing decisions for anything from what we consume internally and externally, to what we wear and sleep in, and everything in between. Although conscious consumerism is important, the implications these toxins have on aquatic life and the environment in general is not the only concern. Many herbicides, pesticides, additives, preservatives and synthetic products (including plastic) contain endocrine disrupting ingredients. What does this mean? Endocrine disruptors are ingredients that mimic, bind to, or block naturally occurring hormones, thus causing issues with fertility in both sexes, and a range of autoimmune diseases. This is only one of the issues – we won’t get into the science too much more, instead, we’ve shared our ten tips for lox tox living below.
- Avoid buying food in plastic wherever possible – aim for glass jars and bottles, and use reusable cotton produce bags. If you can’t avoid buying something in plastic, such as milk, decant it into glass as soon as you get it home.
- Eat organic, as much as possible – download the Dirty Dozen* app to learn about which produce is most and least susceptible to chemical absorption. That way if it's not feasible to go 100% organic then you can target the riskier types to buy or grow organically at home.
- Make your own nut milks, sauces, spreads and more. Most store-bought varieties have all sorts of additives and preservatives in them that are just as bad as the pesticides and herbicides on your non-organic produce.
- Cook in cast iron, stainless steel, glass and ceramics only. Try and avoid non-stick and silicone cook and bakeware (theoretically silicone is fine when not heated so your silicone ice cube trays and snack pouches are fine).
- Store leftovers in glass and metal containers or cover in beeswax wraps instead of plastic containers and wrap. Use stainless-steel, glass or bamboo reusables – such as drink bottles, coffee cups, straws and cutlery when out and about. Check out our earlier blog post for 15 tips for a plastic free life for more ideas.
- Avoid health and beauty products that contain nasty chemicals – try DIY options or search for Certified Organic 100% Natural varieties – including personal hygiene items. Download the Chemical Maze* app to check whether the ingredients in the products you use are safe or not. Burn only beeswax candles too. There's some recipes here that you can try.
- Clean your home, dishes and clothing with all-natural cleaning products. A basic vinegar, baking soda, lemon mix with water is often enough. We've shared our go-to recipes here - give them a go.
- Sit on, wear and sleep in organic linen, cotton, leather, wool and other natural textiles. Avoid anything synthetic or minimise it to a couple of BlueSign pieces for exercising in that aren’t worn for long periods (we'll share more about textile choices on a future blog post). This includes curtains, rugs, furniture upholstery, duvets, blankets, pillows and mattresses. Anything that has anti-crinkle or anti-stain ‘qualities’ is achieving that with chemicals – it’s not worth it!
- Fill your home with greenery in ceramic posts. Plants are natural air filterers of VOCs. Some of our favourites are Peace Lilies, Snake Plants, Devils Ivy, Monstera Deliciosa, Fiddle Fig, Milk Tree, Bangalow Palm and Rubber Plants.
- To minimise electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure, sleep with your phone on Flight Mode and keep other technology out of the bedroom. If possible, make sure your bed head isn’t against a wall with a TV, fridge or other appliance on the other side. Consider using wired internet at home or disabling your WiFi connection overnight when you’re not using it – you can buy timers that do this automatically for you. Also available on the market are dirty electricity filters - we'll share more about these in a future blog post.
The good news about a lot of these tips is that they will naturally help you to reduce waste and plastic consumption as well – which is a double win! Do you have anything to add to our list of tips for toxin free living?
*these links are for the Apple apps, they're both available for Android too - Google them to find the right download link if you don't use an Apple device.