I participated in this program on behalf of Seventh Generation and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
I’ll admit, I am not the “greenest” mama out there. I try my best to stay up-to-date on things that might harm my children and make decisions that are in line with their best health. Sometimes I choose convenience over going green – like using paper plates and paper towels (sorry, mother earth). But I am always interested in hearing more about how I can make our home healthier.
That’s why I was so excited to be invited to and attend a virtual briefing held by Seventh Generation. I have definitely used their products before and felt good about my choice to use their items. After visiting with their professionals I feel even more convicted to try to use more natural products. Especially since we’ve got a new special delivery arriving in January
This video floored me – some of the statistics are just mind-boggling! If you have a few moments I’d love for you to watch.
I am one of those moms who can get overwhelmed very quickly with the amount of information available. But I am a big believer in making small changes. Even if it’s just one change – like possibly using Seventh Generation laundry detergent or their chemical-free diapers. Small changes can make a BIG impact! Here are some tips that Seventh Generation recommends for a healthier home.
1. Take off your shoes at the door: 85 percent of the dirt in our homes is tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes. It’s not just dirt, but toxins like lead, pesticides, gasoline residue and more. Keep your home safer by taking off your shoes. It’s the public health equivalent of washing your hands.
2. Buy safer body care: Children are exposed to an average of 27 care product ingredients on a daily basis that have not been found safe for developing bodies. Protect your family’s health by avoiding products that ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances, triclosan and more. For a list of the most toxic offenders, download this free eBook, “Easy Steps to a Healthy & Safe Nursery” at Healthychild.org/resource-center.
3. Open a window: People spend about 90 percent of their time inside, but indoor air is typically far more polluted than outside. So, open those windows! Even a few minutes a day can improve indoor air quality.
4. Eat more whole foods: Processed foods may be convenient, but they’re also loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors and colorings, and synthetic preservatives. These lack nutrients and many are also linked to health issues like ADHD and even cancer. Reduce by eating more whole foods.
5. Ban the can: Bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone disruptor that has been linked to everything from obesity to cancer, is in the plastic resin that lines most canned goods—from soups to sodas. Avoiding canned food for significantly lowers exposure. Look for foods packaged in glass or eat fresh, dried, and frozen options.
We already incorporate some of these into our lifestyle. But there are many more ways you can make your home healthier for your children. I know I cannot wait to try the diapers that Seventh Generation sent me! Did you know that Seventh Generation diapers, wipes and cleaning products are now available nationwide at Target? Woohoo!
There’s one more thing I would ask you to do especially if you love twitter!
Join Seventh Generation for a fun, informative Twitter party to talk about their Healthy Baby Home Parties, which give moms an interesting and engaging way to educate friends and family on topics like creating a healthy environment for the next generation.
When: November 14 at 1 p.m. ET
Follow the conversation using hashtag: #HealthyBabyHome
Prizes: Join the party to win a month’s supply of baby diapers and wipes!! Five lucky winners will be randomly chosen from the U.S. participants who answer the Twitter party trivia questions correctly.
Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann