I learned lately that there is a big difference between what is best for your family’s health, versus what is good for the environment. No, lemme regroup. The green behaviors that make the most improvement on your family’s exposure to bad stuff, are not the same things that make the most improvement in the environment.
Like…whole house water filters. AWESOME for your health, not even mentioned on any of the footprint calculators I’ve seen.
And, how about using biodegradable detergents and soaps. GREAT for you family, but according to my new favorite site, your one family making this change doesn’t really impact the environment AT ALL. If your whole city changed…yes. But just you, not so much.
Also, using natural or NO lawn products. No need for your pets and children to be wading through all that bad stuff. WE SHALL ALL GET CANCER! Just kidding, but seriously, your one .25 acre yard doesn’t make that much of a dent in the environment either way.
Last, eating organic and local. This is important to your health. It has less pesticides and way more nutrients. And as a NATION our food habits are only second in wastefulness to our transportation habits. But, ONE family eating organic and local, while AWESOME for the health of the family (as long as it’s real food), is only ONE bag of celery each week, riding on that truck driving from CA with a LOT of other celery…it’s MASS transportation, yo? Not going to make a big PLANETARY difference.
Now, I don’t say this to DISCOURAGE these behaviors. I want you to do them for two reasons:
- It’s EXCELLENT for your family health.
- It takes a bunch of people to make an environmental impact and one more–is ONE MORE.
I just don’t want you to be mislead about who is being MOST benefited here. If you want to do the most for the PLANET recycle, change your toilets, use low flow showers. If you want to impact your FAMILY the most, start with dechlorinated water, toxin-free body and household products, stop treating your lawn with chemicals, and eat organic and local.
But really, before all of the HATE COMMENTS hustle to me inbox…do ALL of that. If you do those seven, you’ll be ROCKING OUT LOUD on the Green Scene…for your family AND your planet.