Low tox living and zero waste living are becoming very popular lately, but I am here to tell you why they are both very important lifestyles to make a habit of!
First of all, lets talk about the scary statistics of plastic waste.
- By 2050 they predict that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
- There is already more plastic in the ocean than zooplankton (which is at the very base of the food chain).
- Micro-plastics are already detected in the fish we eat, in beer, and it has even been found in 83% of tap water AROUND THE WORLD.
- There was a study conducted in the UK and every marine mammal surveyed had plastic found in their bodies!
And yes, a lot of these facts are to do with the ocean, and I normally get a lot of comments saying how we are rural so that doesn't affect us, or the waste isn't ours. FUN FACT: the waste in the ocean is coming from all of us, it gets transported by wind, waterways, animals. SO yes, the waste in the ocean is to do with all of us. Or I get a lot of comments saying that they don't eat seafood so they don't have to worry. This comment drives me crazy. Even if you are not eating the fish that contain plastic, have a think about all the micro-plastics that would be in other waterways as well as the ocean. These plastics in the waters ways will be consumed by livestock, and also US! It doesn't matter what you eat, or where you live. This is a global issue that everybody needs to do their part to stop.
Not worried about consuming plastics that our body can't break down, so instead stay inside us, causing illness, digestive issues so who knows what else! Then lets think about how many animals it will kill. I remember a few years ago I found out about the birds on Midway Island (2,000 miles from the nearest continent) were dying and being found to be full of plastic. I honestly don't think anything has ever broken my heart like it did when I found out about this. It is also what started my driving force behind my choice to be sustainable.
Animals are completely innocent and they have no idea how to tell the difference between food, and plastics that look like their food. And why the the hell should they have to know. This is a problem of societies laziness and disrespect for this beautiful planet that we get to call home. There is plastic found in every single part of the world. I find this a disgusting fact. We don't get a second home, no matter how much research goes into seeing if we can live on another planet. It is costly, the research is years away from being complete, and it's just not a plausible back up plan. Our natural world needs help now. And it is as simple as reducing your plastic waste and being more mindful. There are plenty of fun and exciting ways to be sustainable, so what are you waiting for?
I know that I don't want to have my kids grow up in a world where there is more plastic in the ocean than fish, where they think it is normal to find rubbish wherever they go - no matter how secluded, or to think that ingesting plastic is normal! If for nothing else, think about the future generations.
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Now let's have a little look at what toxic chemicals found in our foods, everyday cleaners, air fresheners and so much more, are doing to our bodies.
- Toxic chemicals such as phalates which are found in artificial air fresheners, soaps or fragrances disrupts the endocrine system. It has been found that men found with higher levels of phalates had a reduced sperm count.
- 2-butoxyethanol which is found in window cleaners and multi-purpose cleaners, can contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage.
- Many toxic chemicals (triclosan etc) in everyday cleaners have been found to be harmful to your skin, lungs, respiratory system, and so much more.
- Dishwashing liquids are labeled "harmful if swallowed".
- The majority of colours added to food lead to hyperactivity, chromosomal damage, and various cancers.
If you are anything like me, you were probably going about your day, using your cleaning products, eating your food, thinking that if it is for sale than it shouldn't be harmful to use these products. Then BAM! Those small amount of facts (seriously there is so much more out there) hits you like a bus!
That was me a year ago until I discovered what was actually in the products that I have been using, that we use around babies and young children to keep them "safe".
These facts are terrifying when you think about how much a woman or growing babies rely on their hormonal system. So many children are constantly medicated when the majority of the time their body is just reacting to the harmful chemicals in their food.
Our bodies are a lot more fragile than what we think. We may seem like a solid being, but it has been proven that we are actually made up of trillion and trillions of little cells that are all connected. We are't solid at all when you think about it.
When we eat foods containing a toxic chemical it is sent to our liver and then through our body. This gives us some sort of protection, but not much. Especially when you start having problems with your liver.
It is a completely different story with our skin. When something gets on our skin it then goes into our blood stream and gets transported around our body, no protection.
So why do we take caution when we are going to ingest something, but not with what we put on our skin?
I honestly find all of this absolutely frightening, especially the fact that all of these products are considered normal for everyday use.I have done a lot of research and it has taken me a long time to get to the stage that I am at today, and I still have a long way to go. But I would like to help you along your journey so that we can grow, and save the world in our own little way, together.
It is estimated that the average household creates 726kg of waste PER YEAR. Imagine how much the world's waste problems would be reduced if we all did our own little part.
If you are interested in taking a new direction with the products you use and the waste you create, I have created an online course to help you do that step by step so that it is not overwhelming.
In the course I cover topics such as DIY cleaning products (safer, easy to use, and cheap to create), low tox beauty, personal hygiene, why low tox living is important for kids, low waste living, pets and so much more! There are 19 topics all up that help you slowing integrate low tox & low waste living into your life, making the process fun and easy. If you would like to find out more, Click on the photo below to view a preview of the course!