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How can I reduce my exposure to toxic chemicals?

You can reduce your exposure by choosing safer products and implementing safer practices. Exposure to toxic chemicals can be through air, water or the food we consume.

  • Food: Choose organic produce and seafood containing low mercury content
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care Products: Use fewer cosmetics & personal care products and buy products containing less chemicals
  • Cleaning Products: Make your own safe cleaning products, or find resources to identify safer cleaning solutions
  • Cleaning Practices: Routinely clean the dust from your house using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, to reduce exposure to fire retardant chemicals that are present in electronics and furniture
  • Plastics: Limit the use of certain kinds of plastics – especially no. 5 and no. 7 (polycarbonate plastics)
  • Limit the use of non-stick cookware that can contain a hormone-mimicking chemical called PFOA

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