Five things you can do for healthy people and a healthy planet
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2. Recycle electronics
Out with the old device? It’s easy (and important) to recycle it. Our researchers have tested cell phones and children’s tablets and found brominated flame retardants, lead, and PVC. When put into the trash, electronics such as cell phones, printers, monitors, keyboards, remote controls, and VCRs leach lead and other hazardous materials into the environment.
3. Eat sustainably
Opt for local and sustainably-grown food, including antibiotic-free dairy and eggs. Join a CSA, shop your local farmers’ market, start a small garden in your yard or in containers. These options will reduce fuel consumption, provide you with fresher, healthier food (more nutrients and fewer chemicals), and preserve the viability of antibiotics for human use. (Did you know that 80% of antibiotics used today are given to livestock?)
4. Avoid antibacterial soaps and microbeads
Antibacterial soaps have an active ingredient (triclosan) that interferes with our hormone systems and may lead to bacterial resistance to antibiotics. The FDA says triclosan may not be worth the risks, and there's no evidence it reduces illness more than plain soap and water. Microbeads, tiny plastic balls added to facial scrubs, cleansers, body washes and even toothpaste, are promoted for their ability to exfoliate gently. But, the beads are small enough to pass through wastewater treatment filters -- they are being found in alarming numbers in the Great Lakes and they're bad for wildlife.
5. Walk, bike, carpool or use transit
By avoiding a 20-mile round trip car commutes, you can reduce your CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year. Overall, public transit reduces U.S. petroleum consumptions by 1.4 billion gallons annually (the equivalent of 300,000 fewer auto fill-ups each day).