Today’s tip for Amazingness:
What are VOCs and Why Should I Care?
VOCs or “Volatile organic compounds, sometimes referred to as VOCs, are organic compounds that easily become vapors or gases. Along with carbon, they contain elements such as hydrogen, oxygen, fluorine, chlorine, bromine, sulfur or nitrogen.” – Tox Town, US Library of Medicine
VOCs can often be smelled and is our first warning sign. When my husband and talk a walk at night we often smell all the homes doing the laundry and my husband will say “Ah, smell the VOCs”. Keep in mind that not all VOCs give of an odor however.
Not all VOCs are hazardous, but many are. The VOCs we should worry the most about are the ones in our homes. Our home is the most toxic place we go each day unless we are mindful to change that. One of the ways toxins enter our homes is through VOCs; in fact the levels of VOCS can be 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outside. Here are ways we bring hazardous VOCs into our homes:
- Aerosol products
- Dryer sheets
- Paint Strippers and Paints
- Fingernail polish, colognes, hairspray, Fingernail polish remover
- Dry cleaned clothes
- Air fresheners
- Cleaning Supplies
- Disinfecting products
What Chemicals Do I look for? There are too many to list in our daily life, and remember not all are toxic. Here are are few common ones:
- Ethylene glycol
- Methylene chloride
Why should I care?
Many VOCs have either negative health impacts or exacerbate existing conditions such as:
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
- Exacerbation of asthma symptoms
- Nausea and/or Vomiting
- Visual disorders
- Damage to kidneys
- Damage to liver
- Damage to Nervous System
- Loss of Coordination
- Skin reactions
- Memory impairment
Chemicals known to be of special concern and linked to cancers or are “reasonably expected to be human carcinogens”:
What do I do about it?
- Switch to truly Green products in your home, I say truly because not all products listed as Green are as Green as they suggest
- Open windows
- Open windows when using products such as paint, glues, caulks, etc. Items with strong odors
- Open windows periodically as a habit to keep the home less enclosed therefore less toxic
- Look for items listed as having either low VOCS or even better No VOCs
- Purchase solid wood items with low VOC finishes
- Consider choices other than carpet and wallpaper
It is nearly impossible to completely eliminate hazardous VOCs, but we can greatly reduce them through mindful purchases and choices.
Two handy online guides are the US Deparment of Health and Human Services Household Database and EWG.org. Keep an open mind when viewing EWG or any other private organizations database. while they can have much wonderful data, there assessments are based on their own guidelines and often look at the chemicals in isolation which function very differently and at varying concentration levels than when used in formulations.
As you search for safe, green, and effective products I’d like to help you learn about Shaklee and the commitment to your health and the environment. Contact me at email@example.com to learn more.
Here are some of Shaklee’s environmental achievements:
- 1960 Dr. Shaklee introduces Basic H Concentrated Organic Cleaner
- 1970’s Shaklee introduces one of the first biodegradable laundry detergents without phosphates, nitrates, or borates.
- 1985 Shaklee was selected by the Wild Dolphin Project to provide environmentally-friendly cleaning products for use onboard their research vessel, Stenella. The Wild Dolphin Project is dedicated to studying the habitat of dolphins and Shaklee’s relationship has continued for 21 years.
- 1987 Shaklee was selected by Jacques Cousteau and the Cousteau Society to provide environmentally friendly cleaning products for use onboard their research vessels, the Calypso andAlcyone.
- 1989 Shaklee helps plant 1 million trees in partnership with The American Himalayan Foundation
- 1990 Shaklee’s nontoxic and biodegradable Basic-H® was chosen as one of the first official Earth Day products.
- 1998 Shaklee becomes a Charter Partner of the U.S. EPA’s Climate Wise Program, which set aggressive corporate-wide greenhouse gas reduction goals.
- 2000 Shaklee Opens its world headquarters, one of the first green, energy saving, award winning buildings
- 2000 Shaklee becomes the first company in the world to obtain Climate Neutral Certification
- 2007 Shaklee provide sustainable energy to electrify villages in Africa in partnership with the Earth Institute at Columbia University
- 2007 Shaklee is the first consumer products company to offset 100% of CO2 emissions through the EPA Climate Leader’s program and use 100% green power.
- The list goes on!
My journey to amazing:
My Shaklee Life: My husband and I love having a Shaklee business. We enjoy the income it brings in, but more than that we really love the fact that every day I get to help someone else be healthier and help them be their best version of themselves. We love what Shaklee means to the environment and community as well! In our journey to amazing I – Lisa intend to grow my business and help more people and have fun in the process. If you’d like to learn more about Shaklee email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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My Life of Well Being: It is my determination to be more fit, and develop healthy holistic attitudes towards my health and my body. I choose to do this through education, exercise, caring for myself, and healthy eating and Shaklee.
Here is my Shaklee 180 fitness plan. If you you’d like to join me ask me about becoming a member and having access to the 180 fitness plan, meal plans and nutrition guides.
Monday & Thursday: Upper
Tuesday & Friday: Core
Wednesday & Saturday: Lower
I also add in Yoga and Tai Chi and Dolphin Pushups -oof and walking!
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100 Days to Amazing! You can do amazing things. I believe you can; you believe you can too!
What the 100 Days is about:
I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried? I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual! What could I do in 100 days? This blog is a journey, an exercise in learning ways to be the best me, I can be and to help you be the best you, you can be while I’m at it!
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
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