But as the organic movement gathers steam and we focus on keeping the food on our plate healthy and natural, the next question is- what about our homes?
"Even though you're not consuming them, just being in contact with certain chemicals, such as in cosmetic or cleaning products, can affect your and your pet's health."
So if we want our homes to be a healthy environment for our families, how can we avoid those toxic chemicals?
A Clean, Healthy Home
That's the challenge- choosing non-toxic paint, carpeting, and furniture can be as tough as finding organic alternatives to your favourite foods.
But as Organic Lifestyle Magazine notes in their blog post "Staying Healthy in a Toxic World," it's about taking the right steps towards protecting your home:
"Since we can’t always take control of what’s already built in to our environment, the least we can do is avoid adding to our home’s toxic load. Use natural cleaners like vinegar, baking soda, and lemons or purchase toxic free cleaners. Do not use air fresheners. If necessary, use essential oils or boil citrus peels on the stove to freshen the air."That means ensuring that all the products you use in your home are safe- check that they use natural ingredients that you can identify, preferably organic. For product grades and information, check out the Environment Working Group's Guide to Healthy Cleaning.
Organic living is about pursuing a healthy, natural way of life- and avoiding the toxicity of modern chemicals. It starts with the dinner plate, but with the right choices we can extend that natural feel (and its health benefits) to the entirety of our home.