"I haven't had to replace anything yet!"
Stephanie Wear, marine protected-area specialist, The Nature Conservancy
By Stephanie Wear
You might think that I — a marine ecologist for The Nature Conservancy for more than six years, and a lifelong nature lover — would also automatically have been an environmentalist.
But it wasn't until I had a child that I became one through and through — especially about what's in my home.
Having a child led me to using cloth diapers, which brought me to using greener detergent to wash those diapers, which led to worrying about all the toxic, noxious and just plain dangerous chemicals I'd been using in my home without ever thinking twice, which finally led me to replacing all those chemicals.
There are many good reasons for greening your household products: reducing risk of poisoning children; eliminating the bad fumes of conventional cleaning products; and getting rid of the harmful effects on the environment that bleach-cleaned toilets will wreak.
The best part is: It's pretty easy to do. Here are a few steps you can take toward greening your household products:
So while I'm still helping marine ecosystems to stay healthy and resilient during the day…now I'm doing equally important environmental work at home.
The opinions expressed in this article are the author's and do not represent those of The Nature Conservancy.March 08, 2011