Do you want to know how to reduce your impact on the Earth, whilst also having a positive impact on your life? If the answer is yes, you’re in the right place! So welcome to the eco self care bit!
Who wants to live a healthy and balance lifestyle, whilst also wanting the respect the environment in which they’re living? We hope that most people will answer with a large ‘MEEE!’
But who has trouble knowing what to do in order to do just that? Wants to change, but doesn’t know what to do first? Has heard the horror stories, and isn’t sure what to believe? Knows how important it is for your health and the Earth’s to live with care, but doesn’t know where to start? Sound familiar?
I am by no means an expert, and I’m sure that’s evident, but these are the questions I found myself asking. I decided we wanted to do something about it, and would like to share what works for me and my family!
A Bit About Me
Whilst I am also passionate about the food I eat, I really care about m myself and the environment in which we live. As a result, I am working on living an ‘eco friendly life’ where possible. I want to make it known that this is not just through ‘natural’ beauty regimes, it fully extends to every aspect of my life. No plastic, no chemicals (so yes, natural products!), reusing, no wastage, organic products and general alternatives. We are all living in a period of time where everything seems to lead to ‘the end of the world’. It is an issue that is being talked about more and more, and yet nothing is seemingly being done on a large scale, and certainly not quick enough. I want to show that anyone can make small changes, that can make big impacts. There are many way of doing this, and one of which is through really thinking about the products you use.
Therefore, I would like to highlight what can be changed, and the implications of that. There is no ‘right or wrong’. That is important to remember. It’s just how much you want to help. Even the smallest changes will make a difference.
Although my whole family is making changes, these differ, and some may seem extreme to you! For example I decided to go ‘cold turkey’ and stop washing my hair straight away and work through the transition stage, whereas other family members are not so keen – but choose natural ‘soap bars’ instead of traditional shampoo. This shows two examples, with ultimately the same aim and thus, outcome. There is no ‘right or wrong’.
In my experience, it’s impossible to achieve the desired outcome overnight. It’s certainly taken me and my family some time, and we’re still learning and adapting now. It’s not quick, it’s hard work, and it does take some planning- at least for us it has. Some things are easier to change than others, but we are trying. Plastic does still show up in our day to day lives, but much less than it used too, although none would be ideal. It’s a work in progress!
What to Look For
Whilst I do want to share our tried and tested findings, they will not all be success stories. Sharing what hasn’t worked for me is important, as it may work for others, or discourage you from making mistakes that I have.
I love to find new products that I can use, to further reduce my impact on the Earth. Of course, I would love to use products that are great for our wellbeing as well, so this is our aim. I want to show that when looking after yourself and the Earth, you don’t always need to invest a lot of money into products. It can be done simply. Yes it may not always be ‘Instagram worthy’, but if it works, it doesn’t matter!
We all know about the problems regarding carbon dioxide, plastic, and chemicals. In fact, some of the information that I have uncovered, is quite frightening. We also all know just how ‘difficult’ it is to make the leap. Once you’ve started it gets easier, it’s not as difficult as first thought. I didn’t know how or where to start, and I am by no means an expert at this, just like many others. So by talking about products I use, don’t use, what myself and my family like, and what we are doing on our own, I hope to make it easier for someone who wants to make the change, but may be struggling.