I remember the day as a child I saw brown eggs for the first time. Did I want to eat them? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Why? They were dirty. When did our society make any product that isn’t pure white something that is “dirty” or less desirable? It is such a shame that there are two or more generations growing up in our world where the majority of them think this way and have never seen or would never touch something that is not white. This could be eggs, bread, and even paper, toilet paper (really, it’s used to wipe your bum, does it have to be bleached?), even feminine care products. And yes, that does affect your health if you are a women using these products. It was chemically altered to be white and now your body is exposed to it. Plain and simple. So what are some great alternatives to processed white flour, white sugar, white paper towels, and white everything? Keep reading to find out.
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From wax paper, coffee filters, and home essentials to food, clothes, and toiletries. It is actually very interesting to browse through amazon and see what comes up just by searching “unbleached”. It’s amazing how many items we have in our lives that could be converted to something that is processed less; and this will ultimately help all of us and our planet if we are more mindful of our choices.
Consider finding alternatives to well-loved and must-have items in your home that are overly processed. Search for reusable first and foremost. Beyond that, consider options that have less packaging and less chemical alterations that vary them from their original state and form. Seventh Generation is actually a company that has lots of great options for alternative household items like napkins.
For instance, feminine hygiene products typically contain bleached and GMO cotton and over time can be dangerous to one’s health. However, looking into cloth alternatives or even a diva cup can both reduce contact and risk as well as be better for the environment. However, if you just can’t stomach the thought of reusable, there are healthier alternatives like organic and unbleached tampons.
The same goes for diapers. Choosing cloth is going to be the best option because it’s reuasble and most of it can go into a compost pile when it’s reached its end life. Butut better than the mainstream would be finding great green disposable diaper options like Bambo Nature.
So even beyond choosing paper over plastic at the grocery store, there are lots of great ways to reduce your impact and exposure to unwanted chemicals and processing.
More articles on low-impact and sustainable living.
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Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living in Boston, MA and believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!