In Public Spaces

  • Encourage your town to use natural, nontoxic solvents for cleaning public buildings. Using safer cleaners on a town-wide basis helps reduce exposure to compounds that mimic estrogen or otherwise disrupt hormones.
     
  • Ensure that organic practices are followed in the care of green spaces. Eliminating pesticides on a town-wide basis helps reduce exposure to compounds that mimic estrogen or otherwise disrupt hormones.
     
  • Avoid areas that have been recently sprayed with pesticides. Watch for signs, and ask about spraying practices in parks, on golf courses, and in other recreation spaces.
  • Don’t idle. Idling cars and buses spew pollutants into the air, putting people’s health at risk. Don’t idle your car and support campaigns to implement or enforce anti-idling laws.
  • Be cautious around caulk. Buildings constructed before 1979 may have used materials contaminated with PCBs—industrial chemicals that have been linked with thyroid disruption, breast cancer, and developmental problems in children. Avoid touching caulk and surrounding surfaces (such as windowsills) in pre-1979 buildings.
     
  • Check out our Detox Me app for more tips on taking action in public spaces.