How to Eliminate Chemicals from Your Life

Sep, 04, 2019

Unfortunately, many items at home, as well as products we buy, contain harmful chemicals. The problem is a lack of restrictions to prevent manufacturers from using chemicals in their products. It is impossible to protect against all harmful chemicals. But it is possible to avoid several of them. By making an environmental effort, you reduce the risk of a toxic cocktail effect (when the interaction of several chemicals may have an unpleasant health effect). Here are some of my tips for a simple and quick start to eliminating chemicals from your life.

Chemicals you may be exposed to daily:

Formaldehyde—Found in glue, nails polish, paints and much more

Benzene—Found in plastic, detergents, paints and smoke

Chlorine—Usually found in lots of laundry detergent and household cleaners

Phthalates—Found in shampoo, soap and plastics

And this is how you reduce your exposure to chemicals at home:

  • Eat fewer animal products — Unfortunately, there are too many chemicals and toxins as well as pharmaceuticals in meat, fish, seafood and other animal products; so reducing your consumption of these will reduce exposure to these chemicals.

Fredrika Syren

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Hello there! My name is Fredrika and I’m a Sweden native living in San Diego, California with my husband James and our three children. I’m an environmental writer and have been sharing my family’s journey of living zero-waste since we shifted our lifestyle back in 2016.

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