“Going Green”: Choosing your battles



Going green is not all plain sailing. Sometimes you need to make a choice as a consumer, knowing that what you have is not perfect.

Case in point: Beauty without Cruelty  is very important to me,and I wont use products which are not on their Humane list. Either that, or I make my own beauty and cleaning products from natural ingredients (more about that in future posts). HOWEVER, looking at the Humane list, you may notice that many of the items are packaged in plastic, and are overpackaged in general. This is a problem, as I am trying very hard to avoid bringing plastic into my home, and to slowly replace the plastic containers I already have with more sustainable materials such as glass. And there are other issues to bear in mind, such as whether a product is locally produced or imported (shipping invariably generates carbon emissions and generates packaging waste). And whether the raw materials and fresh produce you purchase are from ethical sources where effects on land, people and animals are considered. Another issue that resonates with me is whether a product contains simple and natural ingredients, rather than the chemicals and synthetics contained in many beauty and cleaning products. So it gets tricky, and sometimes you have to choose your battles depending on what resonates in your heart, or depending on the information that you have and what makes sense to you.

The point is, greening is not an exact science, but more of an art. We need to try and strike the right cords until we can finally stand back and feel satisfied, and hopefully happy, with our choices.

So what works for you? What drives you in terms of being a conscious consumer ? How do you Go Green? And let me know if you think of some issue that I have failed to mention above. I would love to know!

Dr. Suess