I am always trying to create a safe and chemical free environment in our home. It’s a slow process and hasn’t always been easy. Over the past two years I have moved towards removing toxic cleaners from our home and replacing them with DIY solutions containing lemon, vinegar and other ingredients. We use cloth diapers on our son as much as we can. We have also been trying to swap out some of the brands and foods we use for organic or most natural ones.
Even though I am always making a conscious effort, sometimes convenience trumps those goals. With a deployed husband, toddler and baby on the way sometimes, you just have to take a shortcut to save your sanity. Seventh Generation
products are the best of both worlds. Conveniently providing safe products for the home helps me get what I need in a pinch without sacrificing the quality.
I was so excited when I heard they were looking for hosts to help spread the word through their Healthy Baby Home Party campaign
. I was even more excited when I was one of the ones selected to host. Here are some photos and a little more about the party!
While everyone munched on some healthy snacks we watched the Healthy Child Healthy World’s “A Wake-Up Story” video to start off the party.
I have to say as a pregnant mother, it was really hard to watch. Our lives are so busy that it’s impossible to stop and think about every little thing and how it could be effecting ourselves and our children. I always assumed there was someone out there monitoring this and watching out for this… Truth is, there isn’t!
Did you know that the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976 and has never been updated? Some people might assume that the chemicals used to make products sold in the U.S., like toys and food containers, are regulated and tested for safety — but they are not. Over 80,000 chemicals are currently available for use in the market. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) grandfathered in 62,000 chemicals when enacted in 1976 and over 20,000 have since been added. The EPA has required very few of these to be tested for their impacts on human health and the environment. Now is the time to update the regulation on these chemicals.
After watching the video, we helped the movement by signing the petition to strengthen the Chemical Saftey Improvement Act.
The kits came packed with information, samples and coupons for all of the party attendees.
There was also a fun BINGO game with Healthy Home Tips. Who said learning can’t also be fun?!? While all the tips were great and informative, these were some of my favorites.
“Tackle weeds without pesticides. Spray them with white vinegar, smother with mulch, or douse with boiling water. Pesticides applied to your lawn leave toxic residue that can end up drifitng into your home and exposing your family.”
“Use a stainless steel water bottle, or a self-filtering water bottle system like bobble’s, to keep you and your baby hydrated on the go.”
“Consider asking guests to remove their shoes before entering your home or place welcome mats around doors to encourage them to wipe their shoes. Roughly 70% of household dusts, pests, pollutants and dirt (which often contains lead and chemicals) are tracked indoors on the bottom of shoes.”
“Instead of using room fresheners that contain synthetic chemicals, make your house smell fresh and clean by placing orange or lemon slices, cloves, or any other herb in boiling water on the stove.”
The winners walked away with several full size products to try at home.
This has been such an eye opening experience for me and even though I am trying to make changes in our home, I know I can do even more. It won’t be easy but every little step is in the right direction. The biggest part is spreading the word to let others know what is out there, why a chance is desperately needed, and what they can do about it.
Will you spread the word?