This article provides a great summary of the hazards of traditional risk assessment concerning environmental toxins, and the reasoning behind using the precautionary principle instead.
“All plastic was kicked out of my home this past weekend—containers, plastic wrap, etc. I transferred most of my foods from plastic containers into glass. I will begin to freeze food using glass (mason jars). My cleaning products now consist of baking soda, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and Seventh Generation laundry and dish detergent. My life has suddenly gotten a lot simpler! I switched my personal skin care products to organic and chemical-free and my makeup is mineral-based. I can hear my grandmother applauding….”
“I stopped drinking seltzer from cans and now bring water to work in a metal water bottle. I picked one up for a colleague, too. A bunch of us have lunch together every day and I talk with them regularly about what I learned in the environment section of this course. I try not to be the queen angel of toxins, so I limit myself to discussing it twice a week.”
“This topic and presentation was awesome. Disturbingly so, but I wouldn't water down any of the information. Wow. I learned so much (once I got over the Holy Crap-ness of the facts presented) and I find I am sharing all the info with my friends....and anyone who will stand still long enough to listen to me. I now look at my environment with completely changed vision....”