A Dozen Things YOU CAN DO to Keep Yourself and the Earth HEALTHY!
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1. Choose organic produce when you can protect yourself from hazardous chemicals. Non-organic apples, imported grapes, bell peppers, and strawberries, in particular, have large amounts of pesticide residue that has been linked to neurological disabilities in children, Parkinson’s and cancer.
2. Use non-toxic personal care products. Some antibacterial soaps and toothpastes contain a chemical called triclosan that can accumulate inside your body and may harm your health.
3. Eat fish low in mercury. Eating too much mercury can cause serious health problems, especially in children and pregnant woman, sometimes causing permanent damage.
4. Use non-toxic and natural household cleaning products. Americans use an average of 25 gallons of toxic hazardous chemical products per year in their homes, most of which are in household cleaning products. Many common everyday chemicals can harm your health, causing headaches, skin rashes, eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, and more.
5. Choose flea pils for your dog and cat instead of flea collars or powders.. Toxic insecticides in flea and tick collars leave behind hazardous chemicals that can get on your skin, furniture, and floors and linger in your home long after you have used them. Many of the chemicals have been linked to neurological problems such as learning disabilities in children and Parkinson’s.
6. Avoid chlorinated household products such as paper towels, toilet paper, and coffee filters because studies have linked chlorine and chlorination by-products to cancer. Unbleached and recycled products can be found at many stores. Buying tissue paper products made from post-consumer content also helps curb global warming pollution and save forests, water, and energy.
7. Drastically cut the amount of energy your computer and monitor use by putting them in sleep mode when they aren’t in use. And avoid screen savers- those moving images on your monitor can cost an extra $50 or more of electricity a year!
8. Plug televisions, computer equipment, game consoles and stereos into power strips that can be switched off at night or when not in use. Even when you think these products are off, together their standby consumption can be equivalent to that of a 60-watt light bulb running continuously.
9. Replace regular light bulbs with a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). A CFL costs more upfront than a standard bulb, but in the end can save you $30 to $60 on electricity during its lifetime-and it keeps 1 ton of global warming pollution out of the air.
10. Inflate your tires once a month or as necessary. If every American kept their tires properly inflated, we could save 2.8 billion gallons of gasoline a year- and help curb global warming pollution.
11. Replace the air filter and tune up your engine regularly. A new air filter could get you 10 percent more miles per gallon and a tune-up can boost miles per gallon from 4 percent to 40 percent.
12. Swap a flight for the train or stay local if you can. Air travel is one of the fastest-growing sources of global warming pollution: the average jet pumps almost 1 ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere for every passenger it carries roundtrip from Los Angeles to New York.