Exposure to chemicals in the environment is estimated to cause health problems that cost 10 percent of Global Domestic Product according to researchers from Harvard Department of Environmental Health, the University of Southern Denmark, and EHESP school of Public Health in Paris. And this is largely preventable!!!
For most of us water is our biggest source of exposure to toxic chemicals, because we drink it, we cook with it, and we water our other food with it.
The most widespread source of pollution in our drinking water is the chemicals we use in our yards and gardens and pharmaceuticals we flush down the drains. Easy to change.
And change can be beautiful. Start planning now for a beautiful, healthier spring.
-Mulch those last fall leaves into your turf to feed it. Way better than synthetic fertilizers!
-Where the leaves are heavy collect the mulched leaves and use them on your garden beds.
-Leave plants that birds can use over the winter. Wait to cut back echinacea, roses, and many other plants until the spring. The birds love the thistle and rose hips.
I pledge to take care of my yard without synthetic pesticides, weedkillers and fertilizers except on rare occasions to resolve an infestation or to improve habitat for native plants and wildlife. I also pledge not to throw pharmaceuticals or chemicals down my drains or toilets.