But you can arm yourself with the knowledge that enables you to ask the questions that will give you the answers you need.
We’re all starting on this continuum at different points, and we each develop at a different pace.
That doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we develop our understanding of the world we live in, the chemicals we’re exposed to and – perhaps most importantly – the fact that we have the choice to make a difference.
Today, I would like to introduce you to some of our speakers and sponsors for The Nest at the Fair@Square Festival, a Moral Fairground annual event.
First, let me remind you of the aim of The Nest: and that is to work towards reducing your exposure to toxins in your home in order to create a sanctuary that promotes good health and wellbeing. Some of you will be in a fortunate position of starting from scratch and building a new home without the toxins, while others will be renovating or living in rented premises.
Whatever your position, making informed choices is the starting point in creating that sanctuary. Awareness and knowledge will guide you on your journey so you know how to have that conversation and know the questions to ask that will take you one more step along the way
Bronwyn, a Building Biologist, recently launched her business Creating Healthy Spaces. She is passionate about educating her clients that lifestyle and environmental factors are all fundamentally connected to our health and wellbeing. I have loved working with Bronwyn on this project as she is not willing to compromise on any level. She has helped me curate the products we have on display by drawing on her building biology knowledge she and analysing the materials and processes in the products I have presented her and helped me select the best options available to us.
Bronwyn’s session examines the principles of Building Biology in these specific topics:
- Renovating or redecorating your child’s room? What you need to know before you start.
- Renting? Learn how to create a healthy nursery, bedroom and playroom, even though you are renting.
The second speaker I’d like to introduce is Danielle King from Green Moves. Last year I had the privilege to attend a BCorp Australia event where I heard Danielle speak. I was impressed by her pragmatic and practical approach to creating a business that was sustainable and actually walked the talk.
Danielle’s workshop – Water wise, kid wise. Smart water use. what can you do to be smarter with water when renovating? It is a hands-on and interactive session where she will show you ways to save one of our most precious resources, water, with the added benefit of saving money. Be prepared to participate and leave with a customized action list for your home
We’ll release our program soon – it’s with the designers as I type.
Our wonderful sponsors are helping create the display at the Festival by either lending or donating products, designing the layout, building the display or simply pitching in wherever they’re needed. We’re still looking for sponsors to help us out, so if you know of someone, I’d really appreciate your asking them to send me an email with the subject line – The Nest Sponsorship.
One of the products on display is Plyroom’s AVA Lifestages Cot, which is designed to be versatile and grow with the needs of your child.
Plyroom’s founder, Elise, is committed to good quality design where functionality and beauty meet quality in products that promote a simple, uncluttered lifestyle with minimal environmental impact. Elise works with manufacturers all over the world to bring her designs to life.
Plyroom advocates conscious consumption at all times, and Elise advises applying the “Plyroom Filter” whenever you are buying or acquiring something by asking yourself:
- Does this item reflect my values and personality?
- Do I absolutely love it?
- What is its impact on the environment
- or community?
And I’d like to extend this with three more questions.
- What is its impact on your health?
- How is it made? What chemicals are used? and
- Do I really need it?
Applying this filter is particularly important when shopping for a child’s Christmas gift as it helps ensure the toys you choose are not toxic time bombs.
Think of the seemingly innocuous rubber duck – as immortalised in the book Slow Death By Rubber Duck (an interview with the authors) – a popular bath toy that’s undoubtedly found its way into many an infant’s mouth. I hate to be the bearer of bad news if you haven’t read the book, but the horrible truth is the majority of these toy rubber ducks contain a shopping list of potentially harmful ingredients.
Many other mass-produced toys are likely to harbour these chemicals, which is the reason it’s so important to apply the Plyroom Filter. While we can’t do anything about the past, the good news is that our friends at Eco Toys are supplying us with toxin-free items for the display. Eco Toys spent many hours assessing the materials and manufacturing process to curate a beautiful and broad selection of toys that are safe for kids.
Please join us at The Nest on December 3 and 4 2016. Please help us spread the word about these passionate and committed businesses – wanting to make a difference to your health.
by the way … If you are choosing plastic toys … the message on toys from the Authors of Slow Death By Rubber Duck is to choose carefully and AVOID #7 & #3 – Be cautious of vinyl and polycarbonate (In the authors’ kid’s toy box you will only find #5, #4, #2 & #1)