I plan on diving much deeper into the why and how of reducing toxins in a post on Creating a Low Toxin Children's Room but wanted to write a brief overview to begin with on why I believe it's so important and something you can easily consider either before your children are born or as they grow when you find yourself either intentionally or by necessity removing items from the home and simplifying your space.
Worldwide, we're seeing rising rates of asthma, allergies, infertility, learning and behavioural disorders, chronic illness and disease with much of the scientific literature indicating that our increasing exposure to pesticides, toxic chemicals and other pollutants may be the cause.
Scarily, not everything designed for our consumption has been tested for it's impact on human health and wellbeing. Many of us have also grown to trust the marketing and labelling used by large companies and industries who may not have our best interests at heart.
By increasing our knowledge in this area we can begin to reduce the amount of toxins we're exposed to and create healthier living spaces to grow and thrive in.
Where should I start?
Watch this video by The Story of Cosmetics, released in 2010, yet still so relevant today. It examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo.
Visit Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Website. Start with the EWG's Healthy Living Home Guide:
Use the EWG Skin Deep Database to review your skincare and cosmetic products:
Download these two fantastic apps to help you navigate your journey in minimising your exposure to toxins:
Where should I go if I want to learn more?
If you're interested in learning more I highly recommend the following books:
Healthy Home Healthy Family by Nicole Bijlsma
Low Tox Life: A Handbook for a Healthy you and a Happy Planet by Alexx Stuart and her course Low Tox Life.