The TV you watch. The receipt you take from the cashier. The clothes you wear. In our modern world, nearly everything we touch and interact with contains some kind of chemical.
Researchers estimate that we actually encounter nearly one million chemicals every single day. While many of them are simply unavoidable and relatively harmless, we can do a lot to ensure that the homes in which we live are stripped of the chemicals we know are major dangers. Here’s where to check first.
1. Your Wardrobe
The suspect? Perchloroethylene
Perchloroethylene or ‘perc’ is a chemical solvent frequently used by dry cleaners and has been linked to cancer. Many businesses are ceasing their use of perc, but find a wet cleaner (they only use water) instead. Not an option? Be sure to air out your dry cleaned clothes until the scent is gone before putting them in your wardrobe.
2. Your Refrigerator
The suspects? Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
Dioxins are often found in high concentration in the fatty areas of the meat we store in our fridges, as well as dairy products with high fat content. PCBs are more likely to be consumed in fish. Both toxic chemicals may cause cancer and impaired hormone functioning. Avoid them by selecting lean meats and trimming off excess animal fat before consumption.
3. Your Furniture
The suspect? Flame retardant
Flame retardants are essentially dangerous chemicals that have been connected to thyroid and female fertility problems. Anything that is made of polyurethane foam – most commonly furniture – contains them. Clean your home regularly and dust often, as flame retardants bind to dust.
4. Your Walls
The suspect? Lead
Lead poisoning has been tied to memory issues and high blood pressure, and the main cause is lead paint. While it’s restricted now, homes built before 1970 may still have lead paint on their walls. It becomes an issue when the paint chips or cracks, which can happen during renovations, general maintenance, wear and tear. If your home is older, visit ‘Lead Alert – The Six Step Guide to Painting Your Home’ before beginning any work that could disturb the paint.
5. Your Tap
The suspect? Lead
Lead pipes were banned in 1989 but if your home was built prior to that date or uses a lead-based solder, your tap water may contain traces of lead. Consider investing in a water filter or make sure you run your tap for a few minutes before every use to get rid of the highest lead concentrations.
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THE TOP THREE THINGS WE’VE LEARNED ABOUT LIVING CLEAN OVER
30 YEARS by Modere
If you think about the last 30 years, there’s no doubt we’ve come a long way. Particularly when considering the way we live.
In 2020, we’ve never been more aware of the impact our decisions. Not only on sustainability, but how connected we are to the health of our communities and those we care about.
According to Finder’s Consumer Sentiment Tracker, 54% of Gen Z believe a company’s environmental efforts are ‘extremely’ or ‘very important’ when thinking about the products they use. Millennials value this too, at 48%.
At Modere, we have built our organisation on these exact principles, as above all, our products are safe and have been helping our community ‘live clean’ since the late 80s. But what exactly does it mean to live clean? It’s about being deeply connected to building a life that is free from potentially harmful products that we use day to day on ourselves and in our homes.
We’ve always stepped away from the thought that to be effective, a product must contain harsh chemicals. This simply isn’t true and Modere is living proof.
Our clean label products, used for personal care, health and wellness and throughout the home, contain as few ingredients as possible.
How many times have you flipped over a product to look at the ingredients, only to confronted by a lengthy list full of words you don’t completely recognise? Not with a Modere product. We pride ourselves on our easy-to-read labels that show you exactly what you’re using.
We don’t pretend to know it all however, and we’ve learned a lot over the past three decades. It’s time to celebrate our evolution – from learning about the most effective ways to source and offer you natural products, to learning about how they can be both good for you and good for the environment. Let’s take a look at what we have learned about living clean over the last 30 years:
1. We’ve learned about being mindful.
The true beauty of mindfulness is that its meaning is different for each of us.
Mindfulness can mean being fully engaged with your thoughts and the decisions you make, or it could simply mean taking three minutes to yourself to be grateful every morning over a cup of tea.
Regardless, being mindful means making choices about not only what you put in your body to keep it healthy, but also how you look after yourself with self-care.
Self-care can be as simple as going for a walk, reading a book or taking a warm bath and washing our hair with Modere’s shampoo
Using plant extracts, it’s safe to be used by the whole family but is also super effective. You’ll be blown away by the breath of fresh hair you can get by giving yourself some daily care.
2. We’ve learned about keeping a healthy home environment.An extension of looking after ourselves, keeping a healthy home is a crucial element of living clean.
Over the years, we have learned to prioritise ensuring our homes are safe for not just ourselves, but our families too.
So how does Modere ensure your home is safe and free from nasty chemicals? To start with, we never test our products on animals, ever. If it isn’t safe for humans, it isn’t safe for animals because our furry friends are just as important as we are. This means you can be sure all of our products are more than safe for your family.
Aside from manufacturing clean products, we are also constantly reassessing all of our processes to provide the best for your home by examining everything. From the packaging we use to where our products are packed.
3. We’ve learned about our environmental footprint.On a positive note, we are all growing increasingly conscious of the way our environmental footprint impacts the world. Becoming better (and well) beings by ensuring what we leave behind for generations to come all starts from the ability to maintain a sustainable, clean and healthy lifestyle.
Reducing our environmental footprint starts with us and our homes, as well as the decisions we make about the products we use. The sustainable practices we use in creating our products, means that you are contributing to looking after the longevity of our planet.
Modere believes our environment is a reflection of ourselves and we need to care for it as if it is our family because in a way, it is. One example is opening a Modere manufacturing facility that draws 100% wind power for its operations, making up about 20% of its total power use. This creates a significantly smaller footprint than traditional facilities and is just one way we are proud of living our values.
Living clean starts with a single step. It’s taking that first step that will positively impact you, your family and the environment. We’ve come a long way over the years and we look forward to marching on with you through the next thirty years!
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Hello - this is Jan, I have been a part of this Live Clean community for over 15 years and have noticed over the years that our family seems to be healthier than many around us....so much so that in all the time we have lived in Australia, we have never registered with a doctors surgery. So I feel it could be helpful to others for me to pass on what we have learned through this 'one stop safe shop'