Toxic overload is a ‘hot’ subject for many in the health industry. Though this book was written in 2005, it is still relevant. There are more chemicals available today that have not been tested for toxicity. These chemicals are in our cleaners. They are in our personal care products. And, they are even in our food supply!
Contrary to popular belief, not all sickness or disease is hereditary. Are you aware that most disease can be prevented? Education is the key to knowledge.
This book is an excellent place to start. It consists of two parts:
In my earlier post, I talked about ‘regular’ recycling that I think most everyone is aware of. In my 5-part series on Home Cleaning Products, I spoke about the hazardous chemicals. Please read the disposal instructions on the back of these containers. These cleaners are also considered hazardous waste and should never be disposed of the same as trash.
This table represents a sample of Acceptable Items for the Midwest City Hazardous Waste site –
|Acids, Bases and Corrosives
||Household Cleaners & Degreasers
||Propane Tanks – small aerosol size tanks
||Paint & Paint Related Materials
|Batteries – All sizes & types
||Pesticides, Herbicides & Fungicides
|Fertilizers and Oxidizers
||Printer Cartridges *
|Flammable Solids & Liquids
||Used Oil & Oil Filters
|Fluorescent Bulbs & Mercury – or items containing Mercury
||All oil-based and latex paint. Stains, fillers, spackling, joint compound, wood putty, and caulking are also accepted.
* I normally return my used printer cartridges to HP.
OK Department of Environmental Quality is where information can be found about recycling and recycling locations in Oklahoma.
Don’t live in OK? To locate your state’s Hazardous Waste facilities and information, simply put ‘Hazardous Waste YOUR STATE’ in the search bar.
You can also find Disposal instructions at the Household Products Database.
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Went on a recycling trip and realized we are probably up to 90-95% range of what we bring home. I’ve found places around town that take different things. Our schools use paper bins for a fund raising recycling project and takes ALL paper including shredded, newspaper, phone books, mail. paper bags, etc. As it’s on the way to our city recycling area, I stop there first. It’s what I call a win-win because I get to clean up ‘paper’ but the school benefits as well with their project.
Then I go to our city recycling center where they take plastic, cardboard, metal, aluminum, glass which even has sorts for clear, brown, green. They also have a paper bin. Not too long ago they added a few other large bins for plastic bags – really happy with the addition because that particular plastic takes many generations to decompose in a landfill.
I have several things in mind when I go shopping:
- what I need (and have room for which in itself also solves two issues for me: I despise clutter and things are easier to find),
- what are the ingredients (I don’t want preservatives or man-made sweeteners – lots of info on High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and Splenda, etc. and before I totally lose my train of thought
- what type of container (is it recyclable)
- another huge consideration is and I really think more people need to be aware of – Is it “Made In America”?
Here’s a ‘short’ list of some of the things I recyle: