From the soils that grow the food we eat to the personal care products that we use on our bodies, chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, and other hazardous agents can be found almost everywhere, in everything, it seems. What’s worse is that these dangers are not only a threat to us as individuals–they’re a threat to the environment as a whole. The best way to beat this army of toxins is to make your home more organic. When you choose to go organic, you choose to reduce your exposure to a laundry list of harmful substances. Are you ready to make the switch but not sure where you should start? Highlighted for you here are several things you can do to transform your home into a more organic one.
Buy Organically Grown Foods
One way to make your home more organic is to buy organically grown produce, meats, and dairy products. Organic produce is chemical-free, grown without the use of dangerous fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Organic meats and dairy products come from animals that are never fed antibiotics, hormones, or animal by-products, making them completely safe for human consumption. Food co-ops, health food stores, and farmers markets are great places to shop for organic foods–and now many supermarkets carry them as well.
Build a Compost Pile
Building your own compost pile is a lot easier than you might think, and it’s a great way to dispose of fruit and vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves, manure, and so much more. Compost can be used to enrich the soil in your garden, not to mention the soil used to grow houseplants. Making your own compost eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers–a great way to keep your entire yard green.
Grow Your Own Food
If you have the space, consider growing fruits and vegetables in an organic garden of your own. When you eat your own homegrown produce, you’ll know exactly what you’re putting into your body. In addition, homegrown goodies will save you a substantial amount of money at the grocery store. Organic foods cost more than those treated with chemicals–a great reason to grow them yourself.
Use Organic Personal Care Products
Like food, many personal care products designed for use on hair, skin, and nails contain potentially harmful agents such as formaldehyde, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial colors, and artificial fragrances–just for starters. Instead of using commercial personal care products that contain such ingredients, opt for organic ones. Check out the beauty aisle in a natural foods store or co-op or better yet–make your own products at home.
Make Your Own Cleaning Products
Many of the commercial cleaning products found in your kitchen or bathroom are not meant to come into contact with human skin, so why use them on surfaces that you and your family members touch and even eat off of everyday? You can make your home more organic by switching out toxic cleaners for safe, green ones either purchased at the store or made by hand out of common household ingredients.
Build or Remodel with Green Materials
Man-made building materials are used in an overwhelming majority of newly constructed homes and buildings, and not only are they enormous energy wasters–they’re actually harmful to the environment as well. Non-organic building materials emit gases into the air, a source of pollution that many people aren’t even aware of. These man-made materials require more energy to regulate indoor temperatures, draining the planet of precious resources and requiring you to pay more money than you need to each month in utilities. The next time you decide to remodel your home or you decide to build a new one, choose organic building materials like wood scraps, bamboo, cotton or straw insulation, cork, slate, and even recycled paper for your project instead of man-made ones.
Making your home more organic does take some time, so be patient and do the best you can while you make the transition. No matter how big or small the changes are that you make, just remember–every single organic change you make counts towards a healthier planet and a healthier you.
Guest post from Bailey Harris. Bailey writes for www.AreaRugs.com.