I have written about many of these items in other blogs, and this pulls many of my ideas together. I could add other items that I believe are harmful such as pesticides, but I don’t want to distract from this excellent essay. The below ideas are from: http:www.treehugger.com
If you care about your health avoid these:
1. Conventional skin and body care products
2. Junk Food
3. Plastic Containers
4. Non-stick cookware
5. Household cleaners
6. Nail polish and perfume
7. Factory-farmed meat
8. Factory-made clothes from China and other low wage countries
We need your help—for the well-being of all species and especially for your family, friends and community. On September 21, WWF, in partnership with hundreds of other organizations, is participating in the People’s Climate March in New York City. And we need you to be there with us.
The march will kick off a week of climate action in New York and set the tone for world leaders as they head into a United Nations summit on the climate crisis two days later.
Together, we can cultivate a world in which people and nature thrive together. A world with an economy that works for people and the planet. A world safe from the ravages of climate change. A world with clean air and water. A world with healthy communities.
To change everything, we need everyone. Join us by marching in New York City or taking action on that same day from your home town.
August is the best month of the year on Lake Superior. The weather is perfect, and there is so much to enjoy. The dog days of summer don’t happen here, and it is perfect to be active outside.
Many baby birds are everywhere . The young chickadees, purple finch, and song sparrows are more interested in playing and having fun than their safety. A song sparrows even tries to play with a chipmunk. Grosbeaks and vireos eat berries from the elderberry bushes that are a month late to bloom. Screeching juvenile eagles sit in the white pine overlooking Lake Superior, but the day’s excitement settles down when a fox walks through to check out the days activity.
Temperatures are 70 degree perfect, but the sun is murky and the lake hazy from wild fires in Canada,
Many pollinator plants are trying to bloom because of the still cold lake, and the bee and butterfly numbers are low as they wait for their favorites to blossom! The very best has been the swamp milkweed with four monarch caterpillars eating their leaves.
I am excited to become a Move It Monday Ambassador. It is my passion to walk or bike and appreciate the beauty of the outdoors. As you walk notice the birds, butterflies, colors of the day as well as the trees, plants, flowers and whatever is part of your outdoor space. It is a beautiful and fascinating world, get moving and have fun. Today as I was walking in Northern Wisconsin I saw a fox, an eagle, monarchs butterflies, and three other butterfly species. I heard song sparrows and white-throated sparrows sing.
Monday, August 25
Fresh sunny air after a rain storm… Great for a 3 mile walk. I saw 3 monarchs, a comma butterfly and migrating kinglets (little birds).
This morning on my walk, August 4, I saw monarch and fritillary butterflies. Also, I heard a veery sing and saw flicker woodpeckers.
Monday, August 17,
Yesterday I walked to the Farmer’s Market, today I walked 2 miles to shopping and the library. A great way to get easy exercise!
I have been writing about the harm of Styrofoam on these pages for the past year. Now there is new evidence:
NEVER take Styrofoam containers or cups
What products have styrene? or Styrofoam
This is from ecowatch.com
Styrene is used to make styrofoam and other plastics. Styrene is all over the place. It lines your refrigerator, it’s in building insulation, in your carpet, it’s in latex and rubber and other products. So okay, maybe you can’t afford to ditch the refrigerator and carpet today. What can you do? Start by avoiding:
Foam cups for holding coffee and hot tea.
Foam plates and bowls that could hold hot foods.
Takeout containers made from foam.
The number 6 on plastic products. They don’t look like foam but do have styrene.
Here’s some advice from Dr. Weil’s well known website:
Styrene isn’t known to leach out of hard plastics, but some evidence suggests that it can leach out of foam food containers and cups when food or drinks are hot–not when they’re cold. Based on what we now know, you’re probably safe using styrene foam cups for cold drinks, but I wouldn’t use them for hot coffee or tea, and I would avoid using plastic containers for hot foods.