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Earth Day is April 22nd – what changes will you be making for your family and our Earth?
Begin today with a simple change with your household cleaners!
When Clayton and I were in college I was fortunate to babysit for 2 families that were very health conscious. They used safe cleaners and ate organic foods. I’ll be honest, this was so foreign to me (I had never even heard the word organic before) but because I looked up to the two moms SO MUCH (they were honestly so “cool” – they balanced home life, their families, personal interests, and careers soooo well!) we decided to start making changes in our own lives way back when…when we were poor college kids trying to get by. 🙂
The first changes we made were for cleaners (household and personal care products like shampoo, etc), milk and eggs. Back in 2002-2006 there was a new wave coming for healthy living and we were definitely breaking the mold of our midwest culture. We tried hard to buy organic and safer products but to be honest the selection wasn’t the greatest and even when there was a selection, the prices were so high sometimes that we just simply couldn’t afford it.
We haven’t always moved as quickly to change things as we would like, but we are increasingly feeling the pressure to hurry up and make even more changes. The amount of information and peer reviews out there now are so compelling and at this point, it feels like the decision isn’t whether we should make the change, but how long do we want to consciously make decisions to buy/support products that are harmful to the earth and our health. To us, the decision is beginning to present itself in the same manner as the decision to smoke or not.
WHY Should YOU Care About Switching Over to Green Cleaners?!?
I’m so glad you asked! Let me share a few startling facts with you about WHY you want to switch to green cleaners!
Cleaners and Their Potential Dangers
Do Your Part to Help Our Earth!
Did you know that:
HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS AND THE WASTE STREAM
Most people dispose of hazardous products by throwing them in the trash, pouring them down the drain, burning them, pouring them in a ditch, dumping them on a vacant lot, or burying them in a field. These practices are dangerous. Waste from hazardous products can contaminate lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater (the places below the ground where water accumulates before it goes to a river, stream, or well). It only takes one gallon of oil to ruin one million gallons of water.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE IS …
1. Thrown in the Garbage?
Most of the residential trash is collected door-to-door or is taken to a transfer station by individuals. Ultimately the trash is taken to a county landfill. Most landfills are not designed for hazardous household wastes. These wastes can leak into water supplies and/or cause air pollution. Hazardous household waste may cause a fire or explosion, or give off dangerous fumes. Sanitation workers have been seriously burned, lost their eyesight, or suffered lung damage while compacting hazardous materials. Equipment has also been damaged.
2. Poured Down the Drain?
When you pour hazardous household products down the sink or flush them down the toilet the hazardous materials enter either a septic system or a municipal sewer system. If you have a septic system, wastewater from your home goes into a tank buried underground. The solids settle out and partially decompose. The remaining wastewater then goes into a drain field where the natural, ongoing processes in the soil help to further break down the wastewater. Toxic materials in that wastewater can kill the helpful bacteria and the system will not operate properly. Some toxic materials move through the soil untreated or unchanged. When this happens groundwater or surface waters may become contaminated. For example, many paint removers and aerosol paint products contain the chemical methylene chloride. This chemical can pass directly through a septic system without breaking down at all. Chlorine bleach can also pass through a septic system without breaking down. Also the chlorine can react with organic matter to form new toxic chemicals. If your home is connected to a municipal sewage system, wastewater is piped to a central sewage plant. After treatment, it is discharged into area rivers, lakes, and streams.
Most municipal systems rely on bacteria or other organisms to decompose the waste. Some hazardous household waste can pass through the system unchanged and thus pollute the water downstream. In addition, hazardous household wastes poured down the drain may corrode the plumbing or collect in the trap and release fumes through the drains.
3. Poured in Ditches, Storm Drains, or Gutters?
If you pour hazardous household waste in ditches, storm drains, or gutters, it can poison plants and wildlife, contaminate the soil, and harm children and adults who come in contact with it. When it rains, the hazardous household waste travels directly to nearby streams, rivers, and lakes.
If you burn hazardous household waste, you risk producing poisonous fumes, contributing to air pollution, or causing an explosion. Controlled burning in special hazardous waste incinerators by trained professionals can be a good disposal method; open burning by an untrained homeowner is not. Some hazardous materials may not burn away completely and become concentrated in the ash; others can pollute the air.
5. Dumped or Buried?
If you dump or bury some types of hazardous household waste, they may leach through the soil and contaminate the soil or water, especially if the waste is persistent or nonbiodegradable. Children, pets, and wildlife may be exposed to such hazardous waste. Dogs frequently are poisoned by drinking antifreeze left on roads or driveways.
STORAGE OF HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE
Storing a hazardous household waste indefinitely is not a good solution. Containers and their contents degrade over time. Labels get lost, and the chance of children or pets finding the hazardous waste increases when waste is stored for long periods of time. However, storage may be the safest temporary option if there is not a safe and organized system in your community to handle hazardous household waste.
Check out this great article from the Clean Air Council – the facts are so startling!
What Is A Green Alternative?
Through my many years of research and trying out various homemade cleaners and various products I have finally found the absolute best company that I can trust and that has all-natural, organic, non-toxic cleaners! SHAKLEE!
I love Shaklee for all of the science that goes into every single product, for what they believe in and what they have done through the last 100 years to create a better and more healthful world.
A LEGACY YOU CAN TRUST
In 1915, visionary Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee invented Vitalized Minerals, one of the first multivitamin supplements in the world. Today, open any cupboard and you’re likely to find multivitamins there.
Since Dr. Shaklee’s first multivitamins, dozens of innovative products have taken shape under the brand.
THE SHAKLEE DIFFERENCE
At Shaklee, we believe nature holds the answers to a long and healthy life. That’s why we take extraordinary measures to bring you truly life-enhancing products, and to guarantee the quality, safety, and effectiveness of every one of them.
We guarantee all of our products, and we trust you’ll believe in them, too. When you sell Shaklee products, you’re making a difference to the well being of others and to the planet.
“Follow the laws of nature, and you’ll never go wrong.”
Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee
Shaklee’s Get Clean Kit: Convert Your Entire Home Over to Green!
The Get Clean Kit…it’s loaded with everything you need to convert your home over to a green house!
Let’s break down what’s in the kit:
Not to mention you get this amazing cleaning caddy with an overload of accessories!
Shaklee was the first company to be certified as carbon neutral! So when you purchase Shaklee products, you’re supporting a company that is open and committed to conducting itself in an environmentally responsible way.
And just in case you need one more reason…how about the financial savings!!
Purchase your Get Clean Kit in April and my husband and I will personally donate $10 per kit to Compassion International!
The whole reason I got involved with Shaklee was because I am extremely passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and creating a positive ripple effect in our communities. Early on, I had made a personal decision to Pay-It-Forward and work with Compassion International to financially sponsor a little girl who lives in Nicaragua. Each month I am able to provide for her financially so she can receive medical checkups, nutritious food, health and hygiene training, educational assistance and most of all mentoring to learn about Jesus and the love he has for her.
During the month of April I have committed to personally donate $10 of my own money for each Get Clean Kit that is sold – all of the money will go to Compassion International to help other children in need around the world.
YOU can make a difference…