Dangers within the confines of your home
How minor changes in your lifestyle can save lives
Danger occurs whenever and wherever we least expect it. Within a household alone, certain everyday items may contain toxic substances that harm both our health and the environment. The next time you’re at the grocery store to pick up a kitchen or toiletry staple, it’s best to be watchful.
The process of plastic moulding disposable razors use demands an unsustainable energy- filled process. Studies show that Americans annually discard two billion non- recyclable razors, which all end up in landfills. Better alternative: Classic safety razors where only the blade requires changing.
Some manufacturers of canned goods use a chemical called bisphenol A in the lining of metal cans. This synthetic estrogen disrupts hormones and is linked to breast cancer, obesity, attention deficit disorder, and genital abnormalities, even with minimal use. Better alternative: Food packaged in Tetra Pak. The carton is comprised of six layers, enabling it to conserve the quality of food sans preservatives.
Many lipsticks contain lead, which adversely affects pregnancy and can cause brain and nervous system damage to vulnerable fetuses, and miscarriage, stillbirth, and/or infertility to mothers. For adults, high exposure to the substance may lead to anemia, memory loss, and weakness. Better alternative: An all-natural homemade lipstick made with the base recipe of beeswax pastilles, shea or cocoa butter, and coconut oil. For vivid hues, beetroot powder and cinnamon yield red and brown shades respectively.
It’s a no brainer that trees are sacrificed in the production of wood. Disposable chopsticks are also drenched in sulfur dioxide, known to be detrimental to the respiratory system. Chinese actor Huang Bo once soaked a pair of disposable chopsticks in boiled water, and they came out coated in a yellow, greasy-looking residue with a pungent odor. Better alternative: Re-paper a pair of reusable paper chopsticks using cardboard and eco-friendly glue. Or purchase a metal pair that can be re-used forever. When going to Asian restaurants, remember to bring reusable chopsticks as well.