So you are on board with trying to live a greener lifestyle for yourself and our planet. Good for you! To get you started on your journey, here are 3 easy ways to live green with a chemical free kitchen.
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- Are you familiar with PFOA's? Have you heard about Teflon and non-stick pans with PFOA's? Do you know that there are studies which have shown the chemical to be present at low levels in the bloodstream of 9 out of 10 Americans, and in the blood of most newborns. PFOA has been shown to cause cancer, low birth weight and a suppressed immune system in laboratory animals exposed to high doses. Although the effects of PFOA at lower doses in humans are disputed, there does seem to be a link between PFOA and raised levels of cholesterol and PFOA's are in the non-stick coating of your Teflon pans. But wait, it gets worse, PFOA's are detrimental to our environmental health as well as human health. Even the EPA has declared PFOA's to be likely carcinogens. Ditch the chemical laden cookware (I have a metal scrap plant near me to recycle pans) and go chemical free with Earth Pans Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set or a Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet.
- The newest research on BPA (or Bisphenol A) says that rates of exposure are higher and more harmful than previously thought from household products. We are talking about all kinds of tools and gadgets made out of plastic for your kitchen. These products will, over time, degrade and leach BPA. Heating plastics which are full of BPA, is a huge no no. So the next time you reach for a spoon to stir the pot or a spatula to flip your flapjacks, make them sustainable, natural bamboo. Forget about plastic cutting boards and pick up a beautifully designed, utilitarian and functional Totally Bamboo 3-Piece Bamboo Cutting Board Set for everyday and entertaining. Trade in plastic cups for cutting edge Eco-designed Set of 4 Double-Walled Stainless Steel Drinking Glass Set and, just for the green fun of it, pick up some of Oprah's favorite things The Handy House Stainless Steel Drinking Straws with Cleaner.
- Whatever you do, start to make an effort to go organic. For goodness sake, even the President's Cancer Panel tells us we should all go organic. In its recent report,the prestigious scientific panel recommended that "Exposure to pesticides can be decreased by choosing, to the extent possible, food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers…Similarly, exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones, and toxic run-off from livestock feed lots can be minimized by eating free-range meat raised without these medications." These attributes are all certified practices in organic agricultural production and should be attributes to your chemical free kitchen! Choose organic fruits and vegetables and keep my family's favorite Garlic Gold Organic Olive oil on hand to make almost ANY dish full of flavor. Use Cibaria Organic Soybean Oil with heart healthy fats every time you fry your favorite foods. Sweeten with organic raw honey and use protein packed organic almond butter mixed into sauces, as a spread or to thicken desserts.
I would be remiss not to mention disinfecting and cleaning chemical free, but I really wanted to get you guys thinking about how to move beyond chemical free cleaning and open your minds to some other ways to live green with a chemical free kitchen.
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P.S.- I am really glad that you stopped by our Environmental Booty Blog and I hope you have learned or shared a thing or two. I hope that , now that you've found us, you won't lose us! You can join our green living online community, subscribe to our posts, download our community toolbar, Tweet with me on Twitter or Come Shop with Me to stay in touch! - Shane :)*straws do not contain BPA but clog our water ways and landfills. If only...restaurants could use stainless straws..."sigh".