Living healthy is a journey. You don’t ever reach a point and say, “All done! Everything’s perfect!” Research changes and it’s very important to be willing to change and improve. Our newest venture has been to reduce plastic from our home. Our home is our little haven and we do our absolute best to make it a healthy and happy environment. We can’t control the world around us, but in our little space, we can. It’s impossible to eliminate plastic completely from your life. Have you ever looked around and noticed the amount of plastic surrounding you? It’s everywhere. The problem lies in the cumulative exposure. Plastic is an endocrine disruptor. That means it can mess up your hormones! Plastic will release chemicals that mimic hormones in the body. Surprise, surprise, It all comes back to hormones. What can we say? We really like to keep those balanced.
The chronic exposure to plastic can become very harmful to your body. We use products that are in constant contact with plastic (beauty products), touch it at work (keyboard), drink out of it (water bottles), store food in it (Tupperware) and the list goes ON! Being conscious of the amount of plastic you are coming into contact with is very important.
Here’s what we’ve done to minimize our exposure. The links to all of our replacement products are below. We are not affiliated with any of these products.
- We replaced all of our plastic Tupperware and cookware with glass. We also replaced the other plastic products we use frequently, like plastic baggies and plastic wrap. We don’t let any food or beverages touch plastic. We are also baking any meals in our Pyrex glassware. Side note: We have been watching the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I absolutely love the time it's set in. And one of the things I always notice is the Pyrex cookware. All the glass! It was a cleaner time for cooking. Very bad time for the lungs though with all the smoking. I guess you can’t have it all.
- We took a close look at the beauty products we use daily and started swapping the ones in plastic for the ones in glass. Side note, you can always put your favorite products in glass jars to minimize the plastic exposure.
- We started looking at the products we touch regularly and the computer is #1 for the most use. So we covered the plastic keys with silicone.
- We drink a lot of smoothies! And we like to use a straw. So we eliminated all the plastic straws and replaced them with glass straws. They also have stainless steel available, but for cleaning purposes, we like to be able to see inside of the straw to know for sure its clean. Smoothies stick like glue to the cup and straws! Not only is this better for your health but its also better for the environment and the sea turtles! We love the sea turtles!
- When we stop to pick up a quick bottle of water, we try to find a Voss, or bring along a glass bottle with us.
No, we will not be able to completely eliminate all plastic from our home. But we are doing our best to minimize the exposure, which is what it’s all about. The toxicity lies in the load. Despite what Aqua said in Barbie Girl, life in plastic is not fantastic.