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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What a great initiative this is, go to www.plasticfreejuly.org and discover why this is being shared around Australia for the month of July
"Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. It's a great initiative for our planet. These plastics do untold damage, not only to the environment but to the lives of our precious animals. Our country’s beautiful beaches, breath-taking nature and picturesque coastlines are threatened by an increasingly urgent waste crisis that we need to address now.
According to the World Health Organisation "On average, Australians use 130 kg of plastic per person each year. Only 12% of that's recycled. More frightening still, up to 130,000 tonnes of plastic will find its way into our waterways and into the ocean. Once in the ocean, it endangers our marine wildlife. Studies have also shown that it has begun to enter the food chain and onto our plates
"Australians buy 118, 000 tonnes of plastic bottles each year and over time a single plastic bottle can break up into over 10,000 individual pieces of microplastic”
Plastic is an incredibly versatile material, made to be strong and durable. Unfortunately, most plastics are made to be used once before being discarded. They’re convenient for a few minutes, but often end up in landfills, by the sides of roads, as litter in parks and floating in our oceans for hundreds of years before breaking down into microplastics.
The truth is, plastic is everywhere, and it doesn’t disappear
As well as being concerned about the amount of plastics we use and some of them just once before we throw it away, we should also be looking at the composition of the plastics we use on a daily basis in our home. You will find that the bottles, tubs and containers that your food, drink and even your personal care, like shampoo, bubble bath, face creams and baby products etc come in, are made with BPA.
Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical found in many hard plastics that we use every day. Higher doses have been linked to infertility and other health problems BPA is an industrial chemical used to make many plastics and is pretty nasty stuff. The chemical has the ability to leach out into whatever is in the bottle or container.
If you drink bottled water for instance, the BPA in the bottle can find its way into the water that you are drinking. At the same time an expensive face cream can also contain nasty toxic chemicals from the packaging, or it could be in the bubble bath where you wash your children.I BPA can also be found in baby bottles and epoxy resins that are used to coat the inside of food and drinks cans.
Going ‘plastic free’ for July is a good way to raise awareness but as with many other initiatives they will probably be forgotten until the next time and closer to home, there is a very real problem with the BPA chemical in plastics that our families are exposed to. It is up to us to take the steps to make our own environment safe for our families. and their futures.
Large amounts of BPA are produced each year. It leaches into food and water supplies, and humans are widely exposed to it. According to Medical News Today “BPA is an endocrine disruptor. It can imitate the body's hormones, and it can interfere with the production, secretion, transport, action, function, and elimination of natural hormones. BPA can behave in a similar way to estragon and other hormones in the human body. Infants and young children are said to be especially sensitive to the effects of BPA”
There is a company that avoids BPA and you can safely re-purpose the bottles to take water with you when you go out, use for school water bottles or to the gym. They become a very cheap and handy way to not only avoid the nasty chemicals in the other plastics but to use your own filtered water in a safe container.
Save money, avoid chemicals and help the environment too.
As a matter of fact the same company which is in the forefront of safe environmentally friendly products and practices, also manufactures using wind power, does not test on animals, avoids over 3,000 controversial ingredients in their pristine range of daily use products, and also uses recyclable packaging and plants trees in Tasmania to offset carbon produced by the delivery of their products.
It's very wonderful to know that there are companies out there that really are taking care of the planet as well as giving phenomenal service to their customers through their positive environmental practices.
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How can daily use products impact our health in a negative way?
It wasn't something I really thought about before I came across this tribe of Live Clean mums and dads. Who could have thought that the indoor air, in the safety of our homes, was more toxic and had more impact on the family's health, than the air outside?
Take the humble action of washing up your dinner dishes after a family meal.
Take into consideration that many of these contain phosphates that also damage the eco system. They disrupt not only us humans, but the wildlife that come into contact with them when we are finished with the water and flush it into the waterways. Have you ever wondered why we are seeing 3 headed frogs and fish with cancers?
I used to be so upset about this - I would regularly get on my soap-box. I couldn't believe that the governments and the regulatory bodies let the big manufacturers get away with it! Yet, it’s a well-documented fact that there are more than 80,000 chemicals in what we use on a daily basis, that have not been tested for human safety.
Nowadays I am much more chilled....they don't listen and I wasn't about to let them take away my peace. So I just do what we can all do - and that's walk away from those uncaring, profit driven conglomerates and spend our money with those companies that have our best interests at heart.
That’s where my ‘one stop safe shop’ comes in!'
Do some research for yourself or find someone who already has, send me a message if you want to know more, and make safe choices for you, your family, your fur babies and the planet.
We can all do our bit, and we have to think of the next generation and what effects they will have to deal with down the line. Find out which ingredients to avoid by asking for the Free Report.
Until the next time.
Contact me through my Facebook pages Jans One Stop Shop and I am Jan Morris
Be blessed, get some rest and thrive! It’s great to be alive!
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'