They’re in the foods that we eat, and the packaging that our foods are wrapped in. They’re in the cleansers and moisturisers we use on our skin, in the paint on our walls. They’re even in the water that we drink, and the water we bathe and shower in.
I’m worried about them. Are you?
I want to be toxin-free.
Three years ago I began a quest to make my pantry toxin- free. One foodstuff after another, I replaced the chemical-drenched substances we’d been eating with certified organic food; or food that had at least come from a grower whose environment and ethos I knew and trusted. I stopped buying processed, packaged foods, and bought whole foods. Then packaged them in glass instead of plastic.
I’m still on that journey. But I’ve since learned that toxin-free living is about far more than the food in your pantry. To combat the chemicals in my family’s drinking water, I bought a water filter. To combat financial stress, my family are learning to grow lots of our own food, and harvest non-toxic rain-water. It’s free!
I’ve stopped using shampoo, and now wash my hair with the same certified organic ingredients that I’m happy to eat. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. That’s what I’ve learned.
I’m also learning alternatives to soaps and cleaning products, toothpastes and mainstream clothing. You name it and I’ve asked this question about it: does it contain toxins?
Going toxin-free means resetting the budget for items I used to buy as cheaply as possible. It’s expensive at first, until you learn to grow your own or buy direct from the grower. It’s also a mountain of learning to climb in your forties.
What’s more expensive though is managing the disease my child acquired from the toxins in our environment. The ones we all live with, every day. What would be more expensive to me still, is watching my child, or any of my family, suffer more from the toxins drenching mainstream life.
I want change.
And I’m ready to start in my own closet, pantry, and backyard. I’m not an expert in any way. Just a clueless mama with a passion to make a toxin-free life for my family.