THE 5 WAYS I LIVE A CLEANER LIFE
I’m not going to pretend that I am a true fighter for a healthier planet. Before you judge, hear me out. There are people out there making a real and positive impact when it comes to saving this planet. I wish I had that drive and passion for it, but I don’t – I’m all about helping the individual and changing the world one person at a time. Is that wrong of me? I don’t think so – everyone has their own purpose and offering – mine just isn’t environmentalism. Power to those that do!
However, that being said I do go out of my way to minimize my impact on the environment and my health. I thought I would share with you some of the ways I try and do this (aside from regular and religious recycling!)
1) All feminine hygiene products are chosen mindfully
I found this on Natracare’s website: Every year, billions of plastic laden pads and liners are disposed of by women. Most of these pads are made from over 90% crude oil plastic which goes on to pollute global environments forever. Generally the plastic waste ends up in landfill sites and the oceans of the world forever causing visual pollution and damaging marine life and ultimately the food chain.
That freaks me out a little. Not to mention the dangers for women using products laced with chemicals synthetics, chlorine, laxtex and more nasties.
Both of these brands are made from certified organic, natural and plant-derived materials. Chemical free and biodegradable.
Natracare sources ingredients from sound ecologically managed producers and is certified free from animal testing. Also, TOM is focused on organic farming practices to minimise impact on the environment.
2) I make my own or use natural cleaning products
There is this awesome little shop near my home called The Source Bulk Foods. They stock a totally natural, chemical free range of cleaning products. You can find a similar shop in most areas.
Alternatively, I make up my own cleaning products – here’s an all-purpose cleaner:
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 2 litres of water
- Add in lavender, lemon, peppermint or any other essential oil you like!
3) I reuse every container!
I keep every container to reuse for storing food, but also when I go and restock food from places like The Source. I make sure I take a few containers with me a fill-up. I try my best to make use of everything – if a candle has finished and it came in a lovely glass or clay jar I find a use for it – storing pencils, a new toothbrush holder, a jar for herbs and spices – anything! If I can’t find a use I keep it for a bit or recycle.
4) I don’t use deodorant or perfume
Scary, huh! It’s not… I don’t smell. My body went through a detox phase when I first stopped and now it just seems to know how to recalibrate itself. If I get sweaty after yoga, I shower. I don’t like spraying chemicals in the air, contributing to pollution and I also find I’m really sensitive to strong scents anyways.
5) I only use natural toothpaste and a biodegradable (bamboo) toothbrush
I don’t want to be ingesting chemicals on a daily basis and I don’t buy into the idea that we need all those crazy additives to clean our teeth. I use Grant‘s toothpaste or Miessence both aussie brand
And when it comes to toothbrushes, well, in Australia alone, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and binned each year – that’s 1000 tonnes of landfill each year. That also freaks me out!
Check out the toothbrush I use here.
There are SO many more ways that we can clean up our act. I’d love to hear some suggestions for you? What do you do that positively minimises waste AND keeps your life and health cleaner? Share with me below in the comments.
love + light (and a cleaner world!) to you,