A major positive impact to improving the environment can be done by doing something very simple: replace the cleaning products in your home with non-toxic products and from a company that implements best green practices.
Here are the reasons why: 1. Products may contain harmful chemicals such as: Chlorine, Ammonia, Formaldehyde, Hydrochloric Acid, Fragrances (and another 81,000 registered as harmful ingredients!) Look for: · products made from natural ingredients · Look for Green Seal or Kosher Seal · Check out products and ingredients on http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ingredients.htm
2. Bottles Fill up Landfills or Costs Fuel to Recycle Use concentrated products that require fewer purchases and buy in the large size. Use products that have creative re-use functions.
3. Indirect Energy use is 60% of the energy we consume. Energy and natural resources are consumed to make the products that we purchase and when they are shipped to warehouses and stores to sit in a display. 60% of our carbon footprint is related to purchasing our products. In addition, most products are diluted up to 80% with water. It costs more fuel to pack and ship water. Look for: · Concentrated product that contain no added water · Purchase from a “direct sales” company (ships to you direct) · Purchase from a company that follows environmental “best practices” and thus monitors their carbon footprint. Check out the Climate Neutral Award program: http://www.climateneutral.com/recognition.html Find out more about the various socially responsible and environmental programs that are done by Shaklee Corporation such as Will Steger/s Expeditions and A Million Dreams, A Milltion Trees campaign, and others. http://www.shaklee.net/bonnienicholls/aboutCitizenPartnersEnv
4. Pollution of our Water and Destruction of Our Environment Household waste is a major source of landfill waste and toxins in our water system. When we use toxic chemicals to clean our house it pollutes the air we breathe, is absorbed through our skin, and pollutes the water system which eventually affects our oceans and our coral reefs and other natural resources. http://www.broward.org/knowtheflow/welcome.htm This is a great resource for understanding about water conservation called Know the Flow.
Replace your cleaning products with non-toxic choices such as Get Clean by Shaklee. They are safe for you, good for the planet, and saves you money. Also, for more information read the next blog on Common Objections to Buying Natural or Organic Products.