Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Daily Life’ Category

I’ve been waiting for this to come out for awhile. After all, you are what you wear.

The Story of Cosmetics

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

You are what you eat is pretty obvious. However, I’ve been thinking about where the chemicals we put on our bodies end up. You know, the toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, make-up, hair spray, gel, shaving cream, cologne, perfume, lotions, and various other products to numerous to name.

As it turns out, when these chemicals are washed down the drain the water company can’t completely remove them from the waste water before it is discharged back into our streams and eventually the ocean. And this isn’t to mention the other substances that we use like synthetic hormones for birth control and various household cleaners. These chemicals end up right back in our food and water. It’s a tough realization, but there is no “away” to throw your waste. We are literally what we put into the environment: chemicals. There is no separation: the human system is just a sub-system of Earth’s system.

Even people that have been eating organic and using only natural body products test positive for the majority of cancer causing and bio-accumulative substances that we pump into our air, land, and water by the ton. I wonder what the statistics are for autism and various other maladies of the nervous system and how it might correlate with us increasingly using the environment as a toxic waste dump. Many young people even have chemicals in their bodies that were banned before they were born.

I discovered that you can get most of your hygienic personal care done with just a few ingredients: baking soda and apple cider vinegar are the main two. For shampoo, try one tablespoon of baking soda for every cup of water. Conditioner: one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for every cup of water. Make sure to mix both vigorously. Toothpaste: use only a very small amount of baking soda. All of these have worked great for me. You would be surprised how soft your hair is and how proud your dentist is of your teeth. I have yet to try the recipe for deodorant, but will soon.

It’s amazing how the corporations have marketed to us their poisonous products that really don’t work that great anyway. These products are bad for us, bad for the environment, and bad for society. It’s funny how things work out. All we needed to do to start living more sustainably was to look around the kitchen.

Another way to think about this (or a motto to live by?): if you wouldn’t eat it, then don’t put it on your body or down the drain.

Read Full Post »

365 Bags of Trash

It just occurred to me as I walked zombie-like to the ledge of my 3rd floor apartment walkway, like I have done everyday for years, that I must be throwing away a lot of trash. And I began thinking how big that pile would be at the end of the year… I guess that’s about 180 cubic feet of trash. of trash I throw away from my house and that’s without counting trash when I go out to eat or at work. This is the equivalent of about 1,350 one-gallon milk jugs in the landfill.

The internet consensus seems to be that Americans throw away about 4.5lbs of trash per year: http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/007293.html

That’s incredible! We throw away almost the weight of a car per person per year. I’m pretty sure this is not sustainable.

Read Full Post »