I would like to welcome Ayieta of Crunchy Crate, and thank her for today’s guest post and giveaway!
IT CAN BE EASY BEING GREEN
I just received the copies of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living” by Trish Riley, provided to me for giveaways, gifts etc. for my Crunchy Crate promotions. The book was published back in 2007, only five years ago, but nowadays attitudes, information and facts can change quite a bit in that amount of time. However, looking through it, there are some key topics that speak to the 2012 green consumer.
One of the things a person may tend to dismiss or glass over – especially once they have changed their lifestyles to be greener and have been doing it long enough for it to be second nature, is the reason – that deep personal issue that set you on the path to living a healthier, safer, better lifestyle.
I have been making natural vegan bath and body products (Shea Essentials – now Duafe Naturals) for over seven years, but honestly for most of that time, those products were the only thing vegan or natural about my lifestyle. I felt that as a modern consumer, I didn’t want to invest the time and sacrifice either quality or effectiveness or just goodness by using alternative products. It was stereotype that I had long held about wholesome products, even though my driving mission with my products was to create natural alternatives that were just as good as the commercial ones. That stereotype was solely based on outdated information about natural products.
Not even when health issues began to arise what I pushed to really exploring natural alternatives. It took me losing my hair (a struggle I document in my hair blog) for me to really put in the time and research to find high quality alternative products and by golly, I’ve found HUNDREDS that are even better than their conventional counterparts!
So, when browsing Ms. Riley’s book, a passage struck me as a wife and mother. Her passage “Going Green Can Be Good for Family Values”, She writes:
How much do we really need all that new stuff we hear about on TV and then rush out to buy on the weekend? How much money could we save if we didn’t fall for the sales pitches? How much time would that give back to us to use teaching our children the Golden Rule or working with them to build a hut in the yard for wild creatures? Remembering what’s most important to us is the first step in making choices and changes that will lead us all to a better world. Think about what you really need and want – what you value most in your life – as you make decisions about your life and about going green. (p.17, 2007)
I will not lie to you, I am a gadget girl. Love having the latest and newest personal electronic knick-knacks. But, because I know I want those, I make sure that the gadgets I’m replacing go to good use – to a friend or family member who doesn’t have one or donated to a charity. As an avid animal lover, my children and I are always doing things to help the critters – though with four cats and two guinea pigs, my small townhouse can’t house anymore. Those are small actions, but they move me toward a greener lifestyle.
The biggest lesson I have come to learn about greener, healthier living is it is not about what you are giving up, but how making a small change will extend your life, the life of those in your community or allow you to share goodwill with others. It does not have to be a dramatic grand gesture and it does not have to be for purely unselfish reasons. If you gain anything from my post today, I want it to be that no choice of a green, organic, natural, or socially conscious product or practice is too small to make an impact. Little actions add up to a huge impact. You do not have to be a sacrificial lamb to be a “good guy”.
Peace, Love & Abundance,
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