The Environmental A-Z…the letter T…Toxins and Tidy Towns…


Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…today it’s the letter T…I have been heartened to hear how many of you feel like I do that we need to take our own steps to avoid pollution wherever we can…

Abraham Lincoln is correct we need to act now to create the future for our families that we want…but at the moment we can only dream of…

The best way to predict your future is to create it...Abraham Lincoln.


The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter T…

Toxic Chemicals…

Widely-used, toxic chemicals may hide anywhere IN YOUR HOME from skin cream to a frying pan. Let’s explore what they are and where you can find them in your home.

  1. Benzyl benzoate

    A common insecticide that is used medically to kill lice or scabies. It is also used as a food additive for flavour, in fragrances, and in plastics. It is a suspected neurotoxin.

  2. Bisphenol-A (BPA)and Bisphenol-S (BPS)

    Used to make transparent, hard plastic known as polycarbonate used for baby bottles and linings of metal cans. BPS is a common substitute for BPA since public outcry reduced the use of BPA in plastics. Studies are showing the chemicals are similarly toxic. BPA/BPS are endocrine disruptors, and exposure may cause obesity, reproductive cancers, and infertility…Why is it that manufacturers think it is ok to replace one polycarbonate with another one which is equally as dangerous to our health?

  3. Formaldehyde

    (A.k.a. methanal, methyl aldehyde, or methylene oxide) A smelly, colourless, flammable gas used in pesticides, building materials, textiles, cosmetics, and home goods. The “new” smell of a mattress, piece of clothing, or car comes from formaldehyde. It is a carcinogen and suspected gastrointestinal, immune, nerve, reproductive, respiratory, and skin toxicant.

  4. Parabens

    A preservative in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, parabens are used in toothpaste, shampoo, moisturizers, and shaving gels. Parabens are endocrine disruptors that can be absorbed through the skin, and they have been linked to cancer.

I have only listed a few if you do your own research you will find that almost every cleaning product, cosmetics, shampoos, detergents are detrimental to your health and the environment plus they are another piece of plastic that you are bringing into your home which may not be fully recyclable without using specialist equipment which many waste operators don’t have… you may think you are being responsible and recycling but what do they do with YOUR carefully recycled plastic containers… mostly it goes to landfill…

I am detoxing my home one product at a time which allows me to research that particular product then test it…it is also less plastic I am bringing into the home…Be the change in your home…choose a product then do your research… some creams and cleaning products you can make from scratch at far less cost others you can purchase environmentally-friendly replacements…

As I test and use /make products I add them to my blog…My Green Kitchen...

Toxic Cloud/Gas…

Put quite simply a toxic cloud is a mass of airborne toxins, e.g. aerosolized bacterial pathogens chemicals, or fumes released by the burning of a hazardous substance.

This shows the importance of awareness of toxic gases.

Toxic Cloud could result from a volcano erupting...although they can also form from pollution, air recently has been implicated as the perpetrator in pollution of large water bodies. Hazardous substances hitch a ride on the wind, moving great distances in a so-called “toxic cloud,” and, after clashing with cooler air, fall to earth in rain and snow.


A poisonous substance that can either be natural (produced by plants, animals or bacteria) or manufactured…

Natural toxins may be present inherently in plants. They are usually metabolites produced by plants to defend themselves against various threats such as bacteria, fungi, insects and predators, which may be species-specific and give the plant its particular characteristics, e.g. colours and flavours. Common examples of natural toxins in food plants include lectins in beans such as green beans, red kidney beans and white kidney beans; cyanogenic glycosides in bitter apricot seed, bamboo shoots, cassava, and flaxseeds; glycoalkaloids in potatoes; 4′-methoxypyridoxine in ginkgo seeds; colchicine in fresh lily flowers; and muscarine in some wild mushrooms.

Tidy Towns…

Participating towns are rated on their care for all aspects of the local environment. Sustainability and delivery of the sustainable development goals in their communities is the core focus.  Participating towns are asked to consider resource efficiency, biodiversity and Climate Action in all their activities.

Tidy Towns groups deliver many innovative projects for other towns, to help to protect local heritage and are involved in planning for the future of our town centres and community resources.

That’s all for today…thank you so much for joining me I do hope you are learning and enjoying these A-Z’s as much as I enjoy the writing and research…


26 thoughts on “The Environmental A-Z…the letter T…Toxins and Tidy Towns…

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    Thanks for sharing another important news, Carol! What a sneaky way exchanging one industrial toxin to another. ;-( Like the Ness Tidy Town initiative too. We can not only trust in the politicans, we have to act ourselves too. Have a nice weekend! xx Michael


  3. dgkaye

    I appreciate the lowdown on toxins Carol. I too always read labels and looking for alternatives and still find myself getting away from certain things. ❤

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I would say its a pleasure , Debs but it would be more of a pleasure to say that there were no more toxins in our homes,cleaning products, shampoos, toothpaste the list goes on and as for hormone disrupting chemicals I despair and chronic illness and cancers areon the rise and I think we all have an idea why…rant over…Hugs xx

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    We get very blase about the chemicals inside the home and since they can be absorbed through the skin I shudder when I see people not using rubber gloves.. not to mention the stuff we ingest in the food we eat and the creams we use on our skins.. Excellent reminder Carol. We have a tidy town organisation in our village as do most in Ireland and it does make a huge difference.. the volunteers keep it litter free and do great planting at entry points to the village and have planted a number of trees… in the blogger daily later…hugsx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree about the rubber gloves but far worse is the fact they are in there in the first place…I think the Tidy Town initiative is a great one..Thank you in advance for including in the Blogger Daily Hugs xx

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  7. petespringerauthor

    I imagine that safety protocols are often not followed inside manholes. The video demonstrated how things can go wrong when the proper precautions aren’t followed.

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    Love the idea of clearing out one toxic substance from the home at a time and learning why it is so bad.
    One of our family’s favorite vacations a few years ago was a boat trip on the Shannon River in Ireland, and we stopped at many little Tidy Towns along the way. It was wonderful to see such pride in place.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Doing it one product at a time makes sense to me rather than chucking everything out and then having find replacements…I have loved seeing the dedication and pride that people have in where they live its wonderful that must have been an awesome trip, Dorothy..Ireland is very beautiful 🙂 x

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    Do you remember MDF – medium density fibreboard on all those makeover programmes and also used in my children’s technology classes as it was cheap. My builder / carpenter son says it was just a load of sawdust and shavings glued together with lots of toxic stuff! We have unknowingly brought so many chemicals into our homes.
    I guess plants were quietly minding their own business, happy with their toxins that suited them and didn’t ask us to touch or injest their flowers and leaves!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes I do…everything was made from that…It just scares and amazes me that those who could don’t give a toss about the publics health…Thing is we still bring toxins into our homes and we know about it but we still buy the products. Hope you are keeping well, Janet 🙂 x

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  11. beetleypete

    I bought some ‘completely natural’ toothpaste a couple of years ago. Sad to say it tasted awful, felt cloying in my mouth, was hard to rinse away, and left an aftertaste. I confess I went back to Arm&Hammer Baking Soda toothpaste.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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