4. Choose Better Products.
There are many products that are harmful to both the environment and to our bodies. Take scented dryer sheets, for example—studies have shown that they emit seven hazardous air pollutants and 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when used in your dryer. Some of these, including acetaldehyde and benzene, are not safe at any level. And when it comes to makeup, lotions, and bath products? The FDA (Food and Drug Administration), does not require safety testing of ingredients in personal care products before they are used.
Educate yourself to find companies that are using better ingredients and producing their products in more ethical and environmentally sound ways. The Environmental Working Group has a great site and an app where you can browse thousands of products (and food items) and find better alternatives. The products are rated on a scale from 1-10 to indicate their safety and why they are rated that way. If you can’t find the product you are wondering about, you can type in the ingredients to get an idea if it is safe or not.
You can also choose to shop with Certified B Corporations; they are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.