Overview

There’s lots of serious life lessons to learn here in watching Household Hazardous Waste In Our Environment.  At the bottom of the page, you’ll also find a ton of solid info and educational materials to link or download. So let’s get started.

Okay, we don’t need to be rocket scientists to understand some of the basic concepts that can cause household hazardous waste to become hazardous to our bodies, our families, and our lives. But what are all the ways that can happen, and what can we do to reduce or prevent it?KidWithFrog

Let’s begin with some building blocks. So what three things do we need every day to survive? No, your Smart Phone isn’t on the list. It’s really the three foundations of supporting all life – your life included 1) Air, 2) Water, 3) Food.

The amount of pollution that’s in the air, water and food that your body uses, directly affects your health now and into the future. The formula is simple – the more pollution in your air, water and food, the greater your risk of suffering some related disease or organ failure. But what’s not so simple is how people carelessly contribute to polluting our air, water and foods with hazardous household waste and electronic waste. So that prompts the question: “What are those household hazardous wastes and how do they get into our environment?”

spread hhwJust look around your garage, kitchen, bathroom, or workshop, and you’ll likely find more hazardous materials than you can count on your fingers and toes. These HHW’s include hazardous stuff such as all kinds of household cleaners, paints, paint thinners, motor oils, gasoline, pesticides, solvents, and automotive fluids to name a few. What’s not so obvious is the additional and very real pollution threat from our mountains of electronic wastes. More on that below. But let’s first look closer at the major types of HHWs – To read more, just click on “Learn More” below. Or simply begin watching the videos.

To complete the educational loop here, we’ve also included downloadable classroom lesson activities for teachers of almost every grade level to use in school along with some top links to more quality information and educational materials.

Yeah, we know it’s a bit hidden. But don’t miss Parts 6-10 in the Serious Science section to the right.

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