This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they take time to care for themselves. Stop by all of the posts to get green ideas on how you can take better care of yourself .
I knew from an early age that I was destined to be an Eco-warrior – before I really knew what words such as environmentalist, sustainability and eco-friendly meant, I knew that I would end up doing something resembling what I’m doing right now. It is such a crazy, beautiful thing that I feel for the environment so much that it makes me want to inspire and educate others to be Eco-passionate also. However, the trouble with being a teacher is, often times I forget to practice what I preach.
In the beginning of my eco-journey and even times in the present, I found myself subconsciously lagging behind on my eco-habits while simultaneously telling others that they should Go Green. It is truly hypocritical, to not practice what you preach, so I make an effort to be mindful of my actions so that I am not only being a great Eco-teacher, I am also being a great Eco-steward. In between my routine practices of recycling, reusing, donating, conserving and volunteering, I constantly try to create practical Eco-habits to help me and my family darken our shade of green, below are just a few.
A Few Eco Habits We’ve Picked Up:
Soy paint on my toes: One of the first things I gave up when I started living greener was nail polish because they are stuffed full of chemicals that can degrade human and environmental health, however I did miss painting my nails. Sustainable nail polish was out of the picture because it is a little on the expensive side, so I decided to give soy paint a try. At first I painted my finger nails with the paint and it looked great, but the constant hand-washing took it away in less than 4 hours. It works best on the toes because we typically only wash our feet once a day. So I paint my toes with the soy paint the day I am baring my toes and it washes off after about 2 showers. It is a cheaper and Eco-friendly alternative to chemical nail polish. As for my fingernails, I just buff them with an emery board until they shine.
DIY beauty Products: I honestly cannot remember that last time that I purchased store bought soap, lotion, perfumes or shampoo. My daughter and I have an absolute blast making our own all natural beauty products, and not to toot my own horn, but our homemade beauty products are awesome.
Chemical free hair: Like Most African Americans, my hair was chemically relaxed when I was younger, and so I maintained that practice up until a few years ago. I have successfully grew the relaxer out of my hair and have been wearing it all natural, which is better for the environment and for my hair.
Flush less: We save tons of water by flushing once every seven or eight “number-one” visits. At first it was just me that was flushing less, but my effective Eco-preaching (aka nagging) has gotten the hubs and our daughter on board.
As I continue on this exciting journey to total sustainability, I will pick up more practical Eco-habits along the way, and I will be sure to share them with you.
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