1 Don’t buy plastics with bisphenol A (plastic code 7)
they may leach chemicals into your food and beverages.
2 Avoid PVC/vinyl (plastic code 3)
it contains gender-bending phthalates and is poisonous from production to disposal.
3 Clean your indoor air
allow ventilation; dust and vacuum regularly; don’t store paints, solvents or varnishes in your home.
4 Eat organic
organic food helps avoid cancer-causing chemicals and other health problems.
5 Choose health and beauty products carefully
for a list of harmful chemicals see the Environmental Working Group’s ‘Skin Deep’ database at www.cosmeticsdatabase.com
6 Choose a chemical-free lawn
detoxify your garden!
7 Say ‘no’ to non-stick and stain repellents
they can disrupt hormones and cause cancer.
8 Get rid of DEET insect repellent
bug spray can harm more than just the mosquitoes.
9 Forget toxic cleaning products
they may contain suspected carcinogens and other irritants.
10 Avoid flame retardants (PBDEs)
before you buy, do the research; check with a local environmental group.
Adapted from Environmental Defence, ‘Top 10 ways to detoxify’, www.toxicnation.ca
Aamjiwnaang First Nation
Chippewas of Sarnia
Occupational Health and Safety Clinic for Ontario
Endocrine disruptors and toxics
Our Stolen Future
Environmental Health News
Environmental Defence (Canada)
Environmental Working Group
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Center for Health, Environment and Justice
Earth Resource Foundation
Pesticides Action Network
Food and Water Watch
E-waste and digital dumping
The Basel Action Network,
Plastic land and sea
Algalita Marine Research Foundation
A very cool slideshow on plastic bags
Films and videos
Toxic Trespass, NFB film by Barri Cohen with a focus on Sarnia, Ontario.
The Beloved Community, a 2006 film about the Aamjiwnaang community by Pamela Calvert.
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