Going green?

I haven’t told Kevin this yet. I have a plan to be more environmentally conscious. I don’t think he’ll have any objections. My grand plan is to start replacing all the products we use — shampoo, body wash, cleaners, etc. — with ones made with organic and natural products.
My business caters to businesses in the “natural health and wellness industries.” At least that’s what my website says. My focus is on environmentally- and socially-conscious businesses, organizations involved in education, wellness, spirituality. I need to be one of those businesses myself.

But it’s not just about that. I’ll admit I’m still fairly clueless about what I eat and slather on my body on a regular basis. For myself and the kids, my food goal is no corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fats or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. I buy a lot of organic products and found a list somewhere about which fruits and vegetables are the most safe and most toxic.

For a lot of household and beauty products, though, we’re not so picky. I don’t use bleach. It creates dioxins. And while a lot of things we use are at least unscented or the brand that appeals to folks looking for something a little more natural, Aveeno body wash is still produced by Johnson & Johnson and contains all the laureth sulfates they can squeeze in the bottle.

So, slowly, as I figure it out, we’re going more green. We probably won’t be perfect at it and will screw things up from time to time. But from diapers (7th Generation for Berry, not sure what to do for Duncan as they started leaking for him ages ago) to light bulbs to baby wash, we’ll be more conscious about what we buy and use. Not sure I’ll be able to give up my Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, though…

7 thoughts on “Going green?

  1. Good for you! I am proud of you. It’s not always easy, but every little bit helps, both each of us and the environment. I am still using regular shampoo as I found that the organic one(Jasons)gave hardly any suds so it didn’t feel as if my scalp was clean enough. I decided that some organic products is better than none and I will change other products gradually as they need replacing. I do my best to buy everything as natural as possible, even if it is not organic.

  2. Good for you! Aside from light bulbs, I can’t say that I’ve done my part for the environment.

    I used a Magic Eraser to get rid of a pesky spot on our kitchen floor. It worked like a charm – or rather, like *magic*, but it backfired. That one spot being so clean made the entire rest of the floor look bad. (At one point, they made Magic Eraser mops, but I couldn’t find any at the time.) I spent a good part of that weekend on my hands and knees magic erasing dirt from my kitchen floor. So while I think they’re great, they always bring up this bad memory for me. Now I only use them on whiteboards.

  3. Ha. I read your post through my feed reader, then came to the site to comment. Until now, I hadn’t read that Nanny’s comment also started with “Good for you!” I didn’t want you to think I was being sarcastic by repeating it.

  4. I’ll take your Jason shampoo, Mum. I was going to get that one, but opted for Burt’s Bees Raspberry and Brazil Nut. It smells yummy.

    Omar – yeah, I’ve had that extra-clean experience. But they cleaned off our garden furniture soooo easily this year and it’s the only way I can keep the bathtub and shower clean. I’ve seen the mops at Wegmans, I think.

  5. Sorry, I used it all up. You think that, at those prices, as was going to let it sit unused on the shelf!?… But I went back to the regular stuff after that.
    Does this mean that I have to bring my own shampoo and conditioner when I come to visit now? (I don’t want to feel guilty using your expensive stuff. So it smells yummy, but does it suds nicely?

  6. Hey Silandara,

    What’s your e-mail address these days? I want to send you a note about a LitWits get together. I hope you’re all doing well. Post an update with pictures of Berry!

  7. O.k. my lips are sealed.

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