Your house is your temple, and if you take care of your body also the environment where you leave needs to be treated nicely, since you eat, drink, breath and sleep on that space every day.
In the kitchen there are few tips:
Balls or glass jars: Putting the loose goods such as rice, pasta, flours, seeds and grains in glass makes the food last longer, the kitchen cabinet looks clean and you will have everything showing which makes it simple to know what you have when cooking.
As for safety, many plastic, lining of canned food and receipts contain BPA, a chemical which has been proven to have possible effect on the reproductive system, endocrine, cancer and more. Why take the chance if in few steps you can avoid as much as possible to use plastic items?
Here is a list of plastic to avoid and why:
#1 - Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, PETE). Normally used in plastic bottles. It can contain BPA and it degrades with heat. These are a 1 time use plastic. So better to buy a plastic free, water bottle to have with you all the time. Klean Kanteen or U Konserve are some of my favorite ones.
#2 - High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). You will find it used for jugs/bottles for milk, juice, cleaning supplies, toiletries and more. But it's a safe plastic
#3 – Polyvinyl chloride or vinyl (PVC). This is the most toxic plastic and is found everywhere, from shower curtain, food packaging, flooring, toys and more. The process in the making releases dioxins which can cause birth defects, development defects, cancer and more. The EU banned the pthalate in PVC which are mainly in children toys but there is still allowance on use of it in the US. Beware and avoid # 3
#4 - Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE). One of the safer plastics normally found in shopping bags, plastic wraps and dry cleaning bags, but if you can use reusable bags made out of other material which are better for the environment and saves sea animals from being caught or die eating pieces of it thinking they are jelly fishes or plancton. Please recycle this plastic if you still want to use it.
#5 - Polypropylene (PP). This is a generally safe product which you will find for your morning yogurt container, straws, deli and takeout container.
#6 - Polystyrene (PS). This one is another plastic to avoid which is found is plastic wear and Styrofoam. The problem with this plastic is that it leach styrene, a neurotoxin called styrene. Beware and void plastic #6.
#7 – Other. Last one which is the most tricky one. This plastic contains BPA (you might read products that are considered BPA free but they have another chemical, BPS which is still dangerous because of estrogen mimic propreties). Plastic #7 tough can be also a compost of newer plastic maid from corn, rice potatoes and other plant bases. These are not found to have any health issues but it's not always advertised. The advise for this plastic is to avoid it unless you know that is a ABS or bio plastic type.
If you need more proof here is a Time Magazine article about the disturbs that plastic can have:
Every time you put your plastic container in the microwave, plastic residue get into your food, and the same is when you put a warm meal on it, so why not invest into glass or metal Tupperware which will keep your food out of plastic and your body clean?
Avoid teflon pans:
Have you checked what you cook with everyday? Beware that some of the most conventional pans are made of teflon or aluminum two toxic material with studies proving they can bring different health issues. Teflon started to be used post World War II, but at the time it was just an innovative cooking product. After many years it became a hot topic among the news and today many people reach for alternative such as glass, ceramic and non stick pans.
What is Teflon? A colorless fluoroplastic made of different contraversial ingredients and chemicals such as: Perfluorooctanoic Acis (PFOA) and Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The first one is used on electrics and mainly as a coating to resist fire attack. This chemical remains in your body for a long time, and according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this material releases during high heat and will contaminate your food. EPA says that PFOA can bring organ damage, strokes can bring developmental and hormonal imbalances. Bladder, liver, testicles, pancreas and breast tumors where linked to this chemical.
This second one, PTFE, is used for pipework for reactive and corrosive chemical. To human it's proven to give flu-like symptoms and to be deadly to home birds because of the gar the material expels when cooking at a high temperature.
Aluminium instead has been proven to have some relation to dementia and Alzheimer's.
So are you asking yourself which are the good choices? Some of them are glass and ceramics which might be a little more expensive but in the end I believe that either you spend your money on staying healthy or on drugs once you are sick.
Soma water filter or other glass water filters:
Today water is not drinkable as it use to be because of the tons of chemicals and toxins that are not even regulated inside to "clean" it. Everyone knows that hydration is very important to look beautiful, energized and feed your body made of mainly water.
Brita is the most used type of filter but yet the container is made of plastic, which is ok but it you use it try to keep it out from warmth and sun. A new design and innovative water filter is the SOMA which is designed by a german man and it has a glass container, as well as the filter is environmentally friendly made with coconut shells and plant-based causing.
Another option is to have water distiller, but this is a bigger investment because of the prize and the space that not everyone might have in their kitchen.
Wood or steal cooking utensils:
White vinegar is a must-have home. It used to be the best cleaning products your grandma probably used. I had my father who was a huge fan of it, as much as the father in "My big fat Greek wedding" was about Windex. Now I continue the legacy having a bottle with me all the time and using it from degreasing the kitchen top, clean the counters, sinks, toilet seat and even to rinse vegetables at times. Here are tons of different other methods for it. It's inexpensive and easy to find so why not have it?
What are your tips for the house? I am always open to new ideas!