I decided on an incremental strategy to rid my workbench of toxic materials. First I’m going to get rid of any obvious toxic products. Next, I’ll do some homework on the products that I think may pose a hazard. Then I’ll research alternative products to buy in the future, one’s that are safe for use at home.
Some things you can do
First, download the Red List Guide (excel spreadsheet) from the International Living Future Institute’s website. This tool will help you identify any bad ingredients in the products you use. You may have to search a little to find out the CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) numbers of the chemicals in question, as this is the way the spreadsheet is set up.
Next, read the labels. “Poison” is a red flag that you should dig a little deeper.
Lastly, use the Declare database for any future product purchases. The products on this list are third-party certified to various levels of compliance, including Red-List free.
It’s a bit of work for sure, but with my own health at stake (not to mention the health of my family) I think it’s a worthwhile investment.
Building a new home?
The same thinking can be extended to the design and specification of a new home. Bloom Architecture has developed processes to consider every product that goes into your new home. Of course, that’s only a part of what we mean by “optimizing your personal well-being”.
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