Through a surprising chance acquaintance recently I encountered an important non-profit group dedicated to environmental health.
Healthy Child, Healthy World was founded by a couple after they lost their 5 year old daughter to environmentally-caused cancer and decided to turn their pain into passion. They have lots of resources on their website, but even more interestingly have published a book for “creating a cleaner, greener, safer home,” with a foreword by none other than Meryl Streep!
The book is an easy-to-use and very practical guide to healthy green choices for cleaning, food choices, beauty care, kids clothes and toys, yard care, indoor air quality, water quality, pet care, during pregnancy and for home improvements. Almost everything that effects the health of your family at home!
There are several reference pages intended to be photocopied and folded to carry around with you in your wallet, for instance a guide to plastics by number. (Remember, number 3 is the worst!)
The star-dazed will enjoy a peek into the experiences of well known actors and actresses creating healthy green homes for their families. A parent who lost a child after using pesticides for lice removal has an important message, and Devra Davis discusses the little known fact that most cancer is not genetic.
Do you know how to make your own cleaning products yet out of baking soda, vinegar and borax? If not, the classic DIY cleaning recipes are here, along with recipes for natural DIY air freshener and play dough! Even if you don’t have kids, Healthy Child, Healthy World is a pretty thorough guide to a healthy green home. Even EMR’s are mentioned though their discussion is brief. No worries though, for EMR help, you have biodwell… ; )