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New Year Resolutions
Tis the season for reflection and goal setting.It’s that time of year again that we evaluate how far we’ve come and envision where we want to go.Over the past several years I have been incorporating green living and minimalism principles in an effort to improve the quality of my life and total health.My overarching goals this year are to simplify all areas of my life, be happy, and save money while protecting the planet as best I can.
Green living is a personal journey of living with intent. For me, that means taking tiny steps each day that have a big impact over time. This year, I am going to make a few changes to my typical routine that will help me achieve my goals of saving money, improving my health, and protecting the planet. Some of the changes I plan to make this year are a bit more out of my comfort zone than switching out my soaps or household cleaners.
In the past 5 years, I’ve already greened my laundry routine by switching to ceramic washing balls and reusable dryer sheets which has saved me money and time while eliminating my exposure to harsh chemicals and preventing all sorts of waste. It’s been such a win-win that I’ve even gifted reusable green living supplies to my mom & sister for the holidays.
I’ve also cleaned up my personal care products by swapping out my traditional makeup for an eco friendly version. To take that a step further, I reduced the amount of times I wear makeup allowing me to purchase it a less frequently saving me time & money while conserving resources.
I’ve greened my bathroom by swapping out my traditional shampoos, conditioners, soaps, toothpaste and toothbrush for eco-friendly versions that are better for my health, my wallet, and the planet.
I’ve been on this journey for a while constantly evaluating my consumer habits and trying to make eco-conscious decisions. But, it seems that I notice more environmental challenges each day that need better solutions. For the moment I have identified 5 things I want to accomplish. These things are not necessarily lofty, but they are a bit out of my comfort zone and challenging while still being reasonable.
Here are my green living goals for this quarter:
1. All natural nail care
2. Sustainable ear wax removal
3. Reusable bags (for all occasions)
4. Reusable beverage containers
5. Sustainable feminine care products
In addition to these 5 goals, I plan on switching to a safety razor and adding more organic clothing to my wardrobe as it's needed.
Stay tuned to learn more about how I plan to execute each of my 5 defined goals and why they are important to me and the planet. I’ll also be adding to these goals as the year progresses.
Did you know that you can easily make your own cleaners that are not only better for the environment but also work well, while being safer for you, your kids and your pets, too? Let’s look at some basic, easy-to-make eco-friendly cleaners. All you need are a few ingredients you likely already have around your house, and a few spray bottles plus, some sort of writing instrument to label the bottles. Wash Your Windows In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of water with 3 tablespoons white vinegar. You can use old newspaper as your cloth to wash the window, or use a squeegee. The vinegar smell will disappear quickly and your windows (or any glass surface) will look sparkly and shiny. Disinfect If you have surfaces that need to be disinfected, such as cutting boards and toilets, you can easily create that yourself in a spray bottle. Just mix 2 cups of water with four drops of any type of natural soap, like unscented liquid castile soap, and 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil
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Organic food consumption has increased in popularity over the years and that increase continues to rise at a relatively steady pace. There is a good chance that you’ve seen an organic food aisle at one of your local grocery stores or driven past a farmer’s market where organic food was sold at one point or another. You may have noticed these organic food options and chosen to pass them by for conventionally produced foods or you may have wondered about what makes them so great. Many health conscious individuals swear by organic food and I recommend them when possible as they can help promote lifelong health and happiness. If you’re uncertain about making the switch to organic foods you may want to consider the benefits of eating organic to make an informed decision about what you’re eating. Environmental Benefits Did you know that organic foods can help the environment? They can because they reduce the amount of chemicals going into food production. Farmers who pu