PORTLAND, OR – Stacey Decker is passionate about clean living. A broker based out of Cascade Sotheby’s Pearl District location, has taken her first steps to educate the masses, holding a Clean Living event on July 19th, from 5-7pm, at 1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland. As we all know, there are several definitions of “clean living”. In this case, we’re referring to the use of non-toxic, organic cleansers that pose no danger to your family, friends or pets. Most people fail to realize that most commercially available products contain harmful, and sometimes toxic chemicals that last on the surfaces of your home, even weeks after an application. No worries, we’re here to offer advice, and educate at the same time.
It will be an open house format with 6 “stations”. When guests arrive, they register at the front desk and receive a map detailing each station’s presenter. Each station will be a small demonstration by a local professional with clean living tips. After the guest has viewed the demonstration by a particular presenter they will get a stamp on their map. Once the guest has received all the stamps on their map they will receive a gift bag to take home, full of goodies representing clean living. We will be serving plant-based treats and local organic wine for all guests as well. Some come learn and enjoy!
Remember, we’re taking BABY STEPS to detoxify our lives. It’s impossible to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals altogether, but with a few simple swaps we can greatly reduce the toxic chemicals that we allow in our home. Unfortunately, the household cleaning industry is a largely unregulated industry, which means they can use harmful chemicals in their products if they choose. Most companies are concerned with making products that work rather than products that are safe. So, it’s important to become an informed consumer to protect your health, your home and your family.
Thankfully, the Environmental Working Group comes to the rescue again. You can easily search the EWG Guide to Home Cleaning and find out how products rank on their scale of toxicity.
It’s important to use their guide because even though a product appears to be “green” or nontoxic, that may not be the case. For example, Simple Green is one of the worst offenders even though it is marketed to look like a safe product.
A good place to start with cleaning out your household cleaners would be tossing out any products that are listed here on the EWG Household Hall of Shame. If you’re the DIY type many household cleaners can be made naturally and easily at home. It can be so frustrating to think we are doing something really good for our health (like washing our hands) only to find out that we may be doing the opposite. Don’t stress about this (remember, the point is not to go crazy) but keep this in mind when you’re purchasing hand soap or hand sanitizer for your home.
Triclosan, the antibacterial agent found in antibacterial soaps and gels (and toothpaste!), is being studied for potential hormone disruption, asthma, and allergies along with the growing concern of producing antibiotic resistant bacteria.
The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics writes, “Triclosan-resistant bacteria: Since 2000, a number of studies have found microorganisms that are resistant to triclosan, and there is mounting evidence linking the use of triclosan with the promotion of bacteria that are resistant to both antibiotic medications and antibacterial products.” Although we can’t avoid triclosan altogether, we can greatly reduce our exposure by using natural hand soap and antibacterial spray/gel that contains more natural ingredients.
The point is just to become aware of the toxins that find their way into our home and take steps to live a cleaner life in 2015. Go through your home and toss all products that are on listed on the EWG Hall Of Shame. As products run out, replace them one by one with a homemade or natural option. When you find a high-quality, natural brand on sale stock up to save money in the long run. Don’t be overwhelmed, just do the best you can.
The presenters are as follows:
– Emily of Turning Pointe Acupuncture demonstrating acupressure points and a local with seeds and discussing alternative medicine.
– Nicole of Coco Glow demonstrating a vegan product full of nutrients and discussing nutrition and wellness.
– Genevieve of Genny B BeautyCounter presenting non-toxic beauty products and sunscreen.
– Owner of Ekka Life discussing a great gift idea to purchase “healthy living boxes” for a fun way to learn of new products coming on the market all the time.
– Representative from OEC (local non-profit) discussing environmental health.
– Neena from Kinespirit Circle Movement in the Pearl, discussing health benefits of different exercises.