Green Clean Your Kid's School Now:
7 Secrets To Getting It Done
1. Ask your school principal or administrator for the product name of all the cleaning supplies used. Ask to see the full list of ingredients. You have the right to ask and know. If they use products that don't list all ingredients then it isn't a green product.You want to know what chemicals if any your child is being exposed to. Our GTC products have full disclosure of all ingredients and don't contain chemicals that are carcinogenic, neurotoxicants, hormone or endocrine distruptors.
2. Don't be fooled by green cleaning logos- some "green" logos don't equal healthy. Healthy ingredients are those that are all natural or derived from renewable resources and are of plant based origins. Look for products that are derived from corn/palm kernel, essential oils, purified water, olive oil and vinegar.
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3. Ask your school to adopt a green cleaning policy. For a copy of a sample policy Click here.
4. Ask moms and dads to help you advocate for the use of green cleaners- create a support system. Click here for ideas.
5. Ask your school to test trial green cleaners.
6. Talk with other schools that have greened their cleaning or click here for a list of our client references.
7. Call us at (201) 336-8071 or e-mail Don O'Hagan at firstname.lastname@example.org to Green the Cleaning at your school.
Back-to-School "To Do" List from Deirdre Imus:
Give Children an Environmental Exposure Check up.
I recommend your children get a yearly check up that includes a brief discussion of your child’s potential exposures to environmental toxins in their environment at home, school, playground, sports, anywhere they spend a lot of time. This should also include a focus on your child’s diet/food. These tests are usually a combination of urine and full blood work up that check levels of pesticide exposure; toxins such as cadmium, antimony, lead, mercury, aluminum, phthalates, BPA’s; PCB’s and also includes checking nutritional levels such as vitamin B, vitamin D3, iron, and zinc to make sure your child is optimized for detox/excretion. You can head off potential health problems if you know where your child’s levels are at. For example, if your child has a low or deficient Vitamin D3 level then your pediatrician can recommend proper supplementation.
1. Is Your Child's School Cafeteria Making the Grade?
2. Use Non-Toxic Headlice Treatments
3. Let Recess Boost Your Child's IQ
4. Use Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer
5. Green Up Your Back-to-School Shopping
(Above items 2-5 are from the Daily Green)