8 Goes Green: Basic Products Help People and Environment

4 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Sunday, June 30 2013 Jun 30, 2013 Sunday, June 30, 2013 6:29:00 PM CDT June 30, 2013 in 8 Goes Green
By: Jack Wascher
loading

COLUMBIA - Maryanne Van Buskirk was only six weeks old when her parents found out she had allergies with much stronger reactions than most.

"I get to the point where I can't breath," Van Buskirk said. "My throat swells up, my lungs swell; I've even had a reaction where the brain swells."

Van Buskirk uses a wheelchair now because she says her allergies have become so bad. She said she cannot be around any sort of sweet or fruity smells, or pollen.

Now a retired minister, Van Buskirk's last church was well aware of her situation and took the necessary measures so she could do her job effectively.

"People in the congregation didn't realize that they were having headaches every time they went home from church, and it was because of the scents and perfumes and colognes," Van Buskirk said. She said when the congregation stopped wearing scents for her benefit, they found they felt better, too.

One other solution to her allergies was to uses basic products such as baking soda, vinegar and dishing soap to do household chores.

"I can't use anything that have the scents with them because it causes me to not be able to breath," Van Buskirk said.

But don't think that Van Buskirk's house smells like vinegar and baking soda because it's not like she is allergic to everything. She will boil water with vanilla bean and cinnamon so a pleasant aroma circulates throughout her home.

"It cost a lot less money to use some of these products, they're not nearly as hard on the environment and they're not nearly as hard on you" Van Buskirk said.

"Make sure that beyond saving money, you have less toxic footprint on the environment at large," Monta Welch, founder of Columbia Climate Change Coalition, said.

Van Buskirk said while most people do not have as extreme a situation as she has, it is important to be aware of those that surround you.

"You don't know what the next person's reaction's gonna be to what you have on," Van Buskirk said.

More News

Grid
List
ASHLAND - Fire gutted a home on Eastside Drive in Ashland on Wednesday night. Three nearby buildings were damaged. ... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 8:18:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri State Highway Patrol anticipated the 2017 eclipse would cause problems on highways and roads in mid-Missouri.... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 7:40:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Education experts said there are signs parents should look out for as students make the back-to-school transition. Parents... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:57:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Art is food for the soul and the economy. According to a new study, the nonprofit arts... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:39:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County Sheriff's deputies, state troopers and a SWAT team on Wednesday surrounded a home where an... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 5:55:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - High speeds and heavy traffic along Rollins Road resulted in a public forum Wednesday night. Columbia Public Works... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:55:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - On Friday, The University of Missouri Board of Curators are expected to approve the Memorial Stadium South Expansion... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:58:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens once again pushed for Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-St. Louis) to resign after her... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:42:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Graduate students at the University of Missouri say while they've achieved a lot of success in the past... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:41:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – The solar eclipse has come and gone, and Columbia is saying the once-in-a-lifetime event brought around $1.36 million... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:39:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens announced appointments to several boards and commissions, including three new members of... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:25:30 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Traffic in downtown Columbia is already chaotic, especially due to the ongoing construction near campus. Throw in... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:25:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Powerball jackpot has reached its' second highest total in history, estimated at $700 million, which someone could... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:30:00 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police are looking for the man they say fired shots at a vehicle. Investigators say a... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:26:43 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
CUBA, Mo. (AP) — A Native American tribe in Oklahoma is hiring lobbyists in its bid to open a casino... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:16:26 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three people are recovering from injuries after strong turbulence forced a regional airline plane to divert... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:05:07 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just months after dismantling a Confederate memorial, the city of St. Louis has torn up a... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 1:04:28 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — There's a new website aimed at providing sexual harassment resources to interns following past allegations... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:37:57 PM CDT August 23, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 59°
4am 58°
5am 58°
6am 58°
7am 57°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00a
Mad Money
4:00a
Early Today
4:30a
KOMU 8 News Today
3:30a
Paid Program
4:00a
Paid Program
4:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
Saturday Night Live
8:30p
Great News
9:00p
The Night Shift
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld