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Follow our simple 10-step program to a healthier you and a
more Earth-friendly living space…

1. INSPECT YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS Look at the ingredients of your personal-care products. Educate yourself and research the nasty chemicals that can be found in beauty products. Be aware that there is a healthy, petrochemical-free alternative to nearly every product you use, from shampoo to deodorant. Try products like Griffin & Row www.griffinandrow.com.au or Natio www.natio.com.au

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2. ASSESS YOUR CLOTHING A few questions to ask yourself next time you’re shopping for clothes: Is the fabric natural? Has it been chemically treated? Was it mass-produced? Consider buying from companies with small production lines so you’re not contributing to the waste generated by factories. And buy vintage, that’s the best way to recycle clothes. You can pick up some great bargains at second-hand stores or on ebay.

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3. LOOK AT THE FOOD YOU BUY Read the ingredients on packaged foods and research unfamiliar additives. Food stamped “organic” was grown without pesticides (among other benefits), but it still may originate from a big, mass-produced company – and only certain ingredients may be ‘organic’. Fresh, seasonal, and locally grown foods make the best options.

4. ASSESS YOUR HOME The biggest surfaces in your home, such as the floors and walls, affect air quality the most. Consider installing hardwood floors (especially a sustainably harvested wood, like bamboo) instead of synthetic carpets, which use petrochemicals. If repainting, consider using paints low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or, even better, a natural plaster finish.

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5. INSPECT SOFT GOODS “Green” your bedroom first, since that’s where you spend one-third of your life. If possible, invest in a quality mattress of latex foam, cotton, or wool batting. Replace synthetic pillows with wool or cotton filling, and look for unbleached, untreated linens.


BE AWARE With so many chemicals in so many products – furniture finishes, electronics, art supplies – it’s important that we pay attention to where we’re encountering chemicals and what we should do to minimise the problem. Visit websites like www.safersolutions.org.au and www.greenlivingaustralia.com.au for more information.

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7. EVALUATE YOUR CAR Be sure an adequate barrier exists between your garage and your house to reduce exposure to toxic fumes. If you can’t buy an electric car or a hybrid, try making a commitment to walking, biking, or using public transportation.

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8. EVALUATE HOW YOU COOK AND STORE FOOD Choose cookware made of stainless steel, clay, ceramic, glass, or cast iron instead of nonstick pans, which at high heat can release harmful PFCs (perfluorochemicals). Also think about how you store food. Dioxins and phthalates can leach from soft plastics. Store food in stainless steel or glass jars with rubber seals instead of using plastic wrap and containers.

 Visit www.biome.com.au for some fantastic green storage ideas.

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9. INSPECT HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS Many chemicals in these products – especially drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and cleaners made with ammonia or chlorine bleach — have come under scrutiny for possibly contributing to health problems. Consider nontoxic alternatives, like baking-soda-based cleansers or products from green companies like Eco Store and our new fave Probiotic Solutions {above}.

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10. LOOK AT YOUR PETS, GARDEN, AND OUTDOOR SPACES Do you use pesticides or herbicides in your garden or on your lawn? If so, consider safer alternatives such as soap-based or garlic sprays. Check the ingredients in the flea powder, shampoos, and collars you put on your pets, and exchange them for non-toxic alternatives if necessary.

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