In the pre-technology era, coal miners would carry caged canaries with them for the duration of their shifts.
The birds acted as an early warning system for toxic gasses such as methane and carbon monoxide: if they reached levels lethal to humans, the more sensitive canaries became sick or died, signalling to the miners they needed to either put on respirators or get out – fast. Hard on the birds, yes, but preferable to leaving women and children without a provider.
While highly sensitive monitoring equipment has long since replaced birds in the mines, a small flock of canaries continues to monitor the presence of potentially lethal chemicals in the wider world. SevenCanaries’ mission is to:
- Identify and warn our community of their existence, whether in furniture and building products; food; containers; cookware and bakeware; household cleaning products; garden applications; personal-care items and cosmetics;
- Educate people about the dangers they pose to our health and the health of the planet; and
- Seek out toxin-free alternatives, both DIY options, and products from conscious businesses with a desire to make the world a safer, more sustainable place.
This is particularly important for people who suffer allergies or sensitivities, where exposure to even relatively benign products can be life threatening. Having personal experiences with such conditions (read more about this in Our Story), we’re only too aware of the associated challenges and how difficult they can make everyday life.
If you’d like to be part of our community – and we’d love to have you – sign up – today.