Toxins are everywhere. They are in our water, in our food, our kitchen, our home products, etc. We are surrounded by toxins and interact with them on a daily basis. With all of the different places we are exposed to toxins, it can be overwhelming to determine where to even start to alleviate our interactions with them. Below are a few simple hacks that can be used to get started on a journey towards Non-Toxic Living.
- Ditch the Non-stick Pans
Non-stick pans are a staple in most kitchens due to ease of cooking and cleaning. However, what you may not realize is that the coating used to make pans non-stick can release chemicals when heated. If you are concerned with buying organic, you may want to check the type of pans you are using. Using non-stick pans to cook organic produce defeats the one of the main reasons for buying organic in the first place. Look into purchasing non-stick alternatives such as ceramic, stainless steel, glass, or cast iron cookware.
- Go Grocery Shopping With a Re-usable Bag
Several grocery stores use plastic bags to package your food. Plastic can interact with your food and expose it to harmful chemicals. Eliminate this exposure and help reduce waste by bringing your own bag to the grocery store.
- Switch to Pyrex Tupperware
Plastic containers can leach chemicals into your food. Plastic- food interactions can be especially prominent when food is heated. Reduce this exposure by switching to Pyrex tupperware.
- Eat More Real Food
Eating real food (aka eating fresh fruits and vegetables and eating less packaged/processed foods) is not only beneficial for your overall health, but can help reduce toxins from your food. Packaged chips, candy, protein bars, etc. are all wrapped in plastic. By eating more fresh fruits and vegetables (although remember to ditch the plastic produce wraps), you can help reduce the amount of plastic that your foods are coming into contact with. Try shopping at a local farmers market with a re-usable bag.
- Get a Plant
Plants provide a great minimalist-type décor for your apartment, office, etc. However, you may not know that they can actually help reduce toxins in the environment and improve your air quality. Plants are also a relatively inexpensive decorative item. Try a low maintenance plant such as a snake plant, pothos, or succulent.
- Use a (Non-plastic) Reusable Water Bottle
Re-usable water bottles are great! Not only does this help you save money, but also alleviates the need to buy disposable, plastic water bottles. This reduces your water’s interactions with plastic, which can be especially important at hotter temperatures.