Baby Steps To Green- The Dirty Dozen

Welcome back to our Baby Steps to Green journey.

Our first step was super easy...removing shoes at the door...stopping germs and pesticides in their tracks before they enter the home,

For our second step we tackled the laundry room. Switching just a few products to more natural options or making them yourself rids your family and laundry of unnecessary toxins.

For our next baby step, we're heading to the kitchen.

The Kitchen is the BIGGEST room to tackle in your going green journey, so let's start with the most toxic first.

Have you heard of the Dirty Dozen?

Not the old Army movie ūüėÄ, but the list of fruits and veggies that have the MOST pesticides in and on them when tested.

Here's the most recent list of the Dirty Dozen-

  1. strawberries
  2. spinich
  3. kale
  4. nectarines
  5. apples
  6. grapes
  7. peaches
  8. cherries
  9. pears
  10. tomatoes
  11. celery
  12. potatoes

You can print our handy Dirty Dozen wallet list  off and take it with you to the grocery store to help you at shopping time. You can either avoid buying these fruits and veggies, buy them organic, or if you have the space and time...grow them yourself. 

Another good suggestion for where to start going organic is "what do I eat the most?" If you eat breakfast cereal every morning for instance or peanut butter several times a week, going organic on those items is another good start.  Similarly, if you rarely eat celery or tomatoes, buying those in non organic will have less of an impact on your toxin overload. 

The list is put into the order of most pesticide count to least, meaning strawberries are the most toxic, and potatoes the least. 

So, if you LOVE those strawberries, try buying organic, at local farmers markets that are pesticide free or try starting your own strawberry patch. Gardening is healthy and a fun family activity. It gets you outdoors, soaking up some needed vitamin D, and can be a life long hobby.

The same for spinich, kale, tomatoes and even celery are relatively easy to grow in the garden. You'll eliminate pesticides from your diet and save money at the same time. Any excess produce that your family can't eat up right away can be shared with family and friends, sold at the local farmers market or stored for later use. You can freeze, dry and even pressure can your own garden veggies for year round home grown goodness. 

 download our Dirty Dozen wallet card  and print one to take along to the market. Be sure to share the link with family and friends who are going green too. 

Thanks for joining us on fun and easy path to Going Green with baby steps ūüĆŅ¬†