My health sent me in search of trying to feel better without using daily medication. In a quest to relieve my allergies I started reading the labels of all processed food. After researching some of the synthetic chemical used in our foods I began to understand their impact on my health. This is when I began purchasing organic food. It amazed me how different organic food tastes. Flavors are more intense, meats are juicers when not full of hormones, salt and other dubious chemicals. Peanut butter now tastes like peanuts, and not some mix of trans-fat oils and salt. It is interesting to rediscover what food actually tastes like without all the chemical influences.
Once I started reading labels I could not stop. I wanted to know what was in the cleaning products I use. This is where there is a big impact on my health. Many of the chemical used in our cleaning products are toxic and have not been fully tested for their impact on humans. Since I changed to green cleaning products I no longer have trouble breathing when I clean my house. Using these cleaning products also improves the air quality of my home, because there are no chemical cleaning fumes circulating through my heating system. An added benefit to using organic products is they support the green movement by using recycled packaging which results in less waste going into landfills.
In the upcoming year I will be repainting the interior of my house and intend on using low VOC paint. These paints use less volatile chemical, which decreases off-gassing into the air. This will keep the air in the house my house healthy. I will also be looking at replacing the carpeting. Wool, which is a natural fiber, and does not off-gas, which is a healthier choice to replace synthetic carpeting, it also keep the air circulating the house cleaner.
Presently, I am researching organic personal hygiene and beauty products. It was scary when I started reading labels on the ingredients in my make-up. Afterwards, I threw most of it out. I will write an article on my findings in the future.
It isn’t hard to believe in and become involved in the green movement, once you become aware of what is in the various everyday products you use. If chemicals in my food make me ill, what is it doing to the environment? It is hard not to care. In the spring I will be using organic lawn products. Taking this step will help to clean up our water supply. Rain water will no longer carry chemical fertilizers, from my lawn, into our drinking water, where it also damages aquatic life. Chemical fertilizers also create an environment where the grass becomes dependant on the fertilizers. This does not create a lawn that can survive without reapplying more fertilizer. Lawns become dependent on the chemicals for their nutrients instead of getting what they need from the soil. Using synthetic chemicals on the lawn also encourages the development of shallow root systems that require more water to survive. Using organic weed killer and fertilizers will promote the development of thicker turf that will smother out weeds. This will develop deeper roots system that will require less watering. Any water runoff into the water will not have a negative impact on the water table.
This fall I started a compost pile. I will be putting leaves, lawn clipping and vegetable waste from the kitchen into the pile. Less waste will go into landfills and give me rich compost to use in my garden.
Many communities are concerned about compost piles stinking, but that is incorrect. Compost piles do not stink if meat and dairy are kept out of the pile. Next year I will continue to feed my compost pile. When I use the compost in my garden, it will provide all the nutrients, my plants will need. I will not need to add any other fertilizers.
Supporting the green movement will not only create a clearner environment, but improve the air in our houses and help us be as healthy as possible.