There are a lot of ways to minimize the footprint you leave here on the planet, with some more obvious than others. Driving a cleaner running car, recycling, composting, up-cycling furniture, clothing, etc. Here at G2N, we all are doing our part, but I want to bring light to some of the less obvious things people are doing and consuming that are breaking down our environment and quite possibly our bodies. I have re-evaluated a lot of things in my life the past few years. I’m here to share with you the things I have stopped buying and what I replace those things with. I challenge you to read the ingredients of all the products I list here, and just replace even one of them with a healthier and maybe less expensive alternative.
Shampoo and conditioner:
I replace with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Sarah Beth explains the No ‘Poo method and it will even save you a lot of money!
Lotion for body/face:
I replace with coconut oil or hemp seed oil.
I always make sure it’s cruelty-free and fewer ingredients is better. (If I can make it myself I will).
What’s it made of? Where was it made? Are you supporting local businesses, fair trade agreements or sweatshops?
Aluminum is the enemy. I use an all natural, organic alternative. Make your own out of baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oils.
Fluoride is not allowed in products I use, especially in my mouth. You can make your own from baking soda, coconut oil and a bit of peppermint essential oils (look up usage and warnings of peppermint essential oil) Oil Pulling is another great habit to get into.
You will never find a plug-in air freshener in my house. If I must have something, I’ll mix distilled water and my preferred choice of essential oil (usually lavender or eucalyptus).
Even brands that claim to be a healthier alternative, charging you double for their dusters and cleaning sprays, usually uses unknown chemicals that are never for consumption. Guess what, you consume them every day by breathing the air in your home after use. Making your own is the safest way. Always buy organic ingredients.
I never use this. I know sometimes people like to smell nice, but essential oils can offer an even more powerful and often way less expensive aroma. Plus, can I be frank with you when I say that now that I don’t use perfumes, I find the majority of women overuse them and it is gross, offensive, and leaves me short of breath when I am around it. It’s fun experimenting with mixing essential oils to create the perfect aroma for your body anyways, or just embrace your natural scent. Essential oil bottles can cost anywhere from $8-$50 and have so many uses around the home and for the body. You do the math on how much you’ll save.
You will not really see me wearing it. It suffocates your nail bed and can create discoloration, fungus, and ridges. Let your nails breath and your lungs.
I buy a bottle of fair trade soap for about $14, and it goes in my shower to replace body soap, shaving cream and face wash and lasts 6 months or more for two of us using it.
I am a hair stylist and have been for over 9 years, and I won’t use any products bought at my normal beauty supply. This seems hypocritical, I know but I don’t push products either. I would never recommend one of my customers to use a non-organic chemical ridden product to use on their hair or skin. Coconut oil comes in handy once again as a weekly/ monthly treatment. Also, hairspray just may be the absolute worst of them all. It’s terrible to breathe AND ruins your hair by drying it out. Lose-lose in my opinion.
Please re-evaluate what you buy and what you put onto/ into your body. Not only for the sake of your health but also the health of our environment. If enough of us take a stand for our health and environment, the chemical companies will have no choice but to either go out of business or start creating healthier, natural alternatives.