In recent years, a lot has appeared in the media about living a green lifestyle. It has become one of the buzzwords of our time. But what does that mean, and why do people do it? Is it worth it? In this blog series, we will talk about many different aspects of “going green” and why it is good for you, your family, and our environment.
People who live green lifestyles typically try to:
- Minimize their exposure to dangerous substances in our environment, including cleaning products
- Minimize their consumption of electricity, water, gasoline, and other natural resources
- Recycle and compost when possible, to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills
- Consume foods that have not been processed or made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and opt for organic and or locally-produced food choices when possible
- Purchase products and services from companies that also live these principles
We recognize that it is difficult and often impractical to embrace a totally green lifestyle. But we can always strive to do our best. In this series, we will talk about different things we can do to make our lives greener. Today we will talk about the dangers of toxic cleaning products and why avoiding them is a good choice for you and your family.
Traditional Cleaning Products vs. Green Products
Here at OC Green Clean, we are committed to helping people live greener lifestyles by providing cleaning services using only green cleaning products. Green cleaning products avoid the use of various toxic chemicals such as phosphates, chlorine, artificial fragrances and colors. Using green products is healthier for our workers, our customers, and for the planet. We use generic green products, such as baking soda, lemons, and vinegar, or commercially manufactured products that have been certified to be environmentally friendly. Some of the commercial brands we use are Seventh Generation and Method.
But what’s wrong with using traditional chemical and chlorine-based cleaners? A lot, according to the Children’s Environmental Health Network. Toxic cleaning compounds can cause many health issues, such as allergic reactions, respiratory complications, and migraine headaches. Prolonged exposure can lead to even more severe effects, including impaired brain function and cancer. Children are most vulnerable to these chemicals.
Environmental toxins have been linked to the rise in many health conditions, including autism, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and severe life-threatening allergies such as peanut allergies — conditions that were much less prevalent 20 years ago. While the jury is still out on whether these toxins are the sole causes of these health issues, most everyone will agree that it’s better to limit our exposure whenever possible. Embrace a green lifestyle and live a healthier life!