9 Tips for a Non-Toxic Summer



Ah, summer. That fleeting season, sometimes unbearable (and increasingly so, in many parts of the country) and sweet in its simplicity, freedom, and fruit. Before you know it, kids will be heading back to school and the leaves will be falling.

So live in the now!  Here are tips for how to have a safe, non-toxic summer with your family.
1. Eat the harvest!
Eat as seasonally as possible. Because it is so hot, I try to have fresh fruit smoothies each day and a big salad each night. This is the season to eat like Michael Pollan says: eat food that has its own packaging (peaches, berries, spinach).  You can thank me later for the health benefits of this kind of eating. 
2. Walk, bike, share a ride. 
Use the car less. Really, you’ll need it for the -20 nights of winter (maybe that’s just us up in Vermont). This is the perfect season to walk or bike your errands– and simply to stay home and play in the yard. Have a drink on the porch. Live simple, and drive less.  Your pocketbook and the climate will thank you!
3. Open your windows. 
Indoor air can be 3 times more polluted than outdoor air. Inside our home we have flame retardant chemicals, heavy metals from outside, and other household toxins in our dust. Open the windows as much as possible to move along polluted air and refresh your home. 
4. Purge.
How much there is to purge in a busy household with growing kids. Take some time in the good weather to pass along items that are no longer useful in your home. Recycle old electronics that might contain toxic chemicals to reduce exposures throughout your house. You’ll feel good making new room — and simplifying your surroundings ( I really need to do this one– now!).  
5. Clean with non-toxic cleaning supplies. 
After moving along many items and organizing, a cool summer day is a good time to give the inside a good cleaning with safer clearning products without chemicals, or you can make your own.
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