Join us at the Fair@Square Festival in December to learn how to make your home a toxin-free sanctuary.
Why is this important?
“Many Americans assume that the chemicals in their shampoos, detergents and other consumer products have been thoroughly tested and proved to be safe. This assumption is wrong.” New York Times[i]:
The interesting thing about this quote is that most of the products we’re exposed to at home, work or play – wherever we are in the world – contain chemicals that have never been tested. Apparently, only one percent of the 84,000 chemicals in use in the US have been tested and deemed safe.
Think about this: the chemicals that have been tested, were tested in isolation. We don’t know the “cocktail” effect when different “safe” chemicals are used in combination. Nor do we know the cumulative effect of many of these chemicals.
Research now shows a correlation with many commonly used chemicals and an increase in disorders, allergies and diseases – including cancer – that affect many of those closest to us, if not ourselves.
The Power of Our Choices
While we have little control over what happens outside our homes, we do have the power to choose what we bring into our homes: the products we use to clean them, the materials we use to build, furnish and decorate them, or to and refurbish and renovate them.
Significant power is invested in the choices we make: our wallets can influence the marketplace, the BPA-free movement being a case in point.
SevenCanaries’ focus is to help you make your home the safe sanctuary you and your family deserve. We’re sourcing experts and curating information to address all aspects of creating a toxin-free home. It’s a journey many will make gradually. Some will be fortunate enough to start with a clean slate and be building a home from scratch, while others will make the journey one step at a time.
The Nest at the Fair@Square Festival
To this end, we’re thrilled to be collaborating with Moral Fairground to bring you The Nest at the Fair@Square Festival on December 3rd and 4th, 2016. This free event will host workshops and speaker sessions for parents of young children and parents-to-be who are building, renovating or refurbishing their home.
The speaker list:
- Kyrstie Barcak: A Fresh Legacy
- Vinita Baravkar: Bhumi Organic Cotton
- Bronwyn Bennett: Creating Healthy Spaces
- Sam Buckby: Smarter Buildings – Smarter Homes
- Antony DiMase: DiMase Architects:
- Danielle King: Green Moves
- Monica Meldrum: Whole Kids & Unjunkit
- Megan Norgate: Brave New Eco
- Alanna Quigley: Baby Babble
- Melanie Van Kuyk: Melvk
And these are our sponsors so far:
- Velieris Carpets
- Wicked Homes
- Flower Bird Flowers
- DiMase Architects
- Bhumi Organic Cotton
- Little Organics
- Eco Toys
- International Floor Coverings
- Colours By Nature
- Austral Plywood
We’ll keep you up to date as more names are added.
We’re excited about this direction SevenCanaries is taking, back to the reason we started: creating a healthy home for you and your family – your sanctuary. We encourage you to share our posts and links on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Why? Because the more people we reach with stories, tips, tricks and insights, the better off we will all be.
With just six weeks to The Nest, we’ll be in touch regularly with updates on the progress.
By the way, you may want to listen to
- a Ted Radio Hour Podcast – Toxic Link to Ted Hour Radio It’s an unpleasant thought, but we’re exposed to toxins every day. This episode, TED speakers ask: should we accept our toxic world as reality or can we make change?
- An interview on ABC Radio – with the Authors of Slow Death by Rubber Duck.