Once upon a time, necessity was the mother of invention. People lived a simple life, because life was simpler. Things were reusable because people cherished what they had, shopping was done locally because long distance travel wasn’t an option, water was valued, and cleaning was done with lemons. Now, daily, at lightning speed, things become more complex – some change is positively incredible, but so much is scary. We live in an odd world. Most of us know that plastic bags, disposable water bottles, cleaning chemicals, and auto emissions are bad for our environment, and bad for us. Yet, we still drive cars, forget our reusable bags, buy water at the gym and spray toxic stuff onto our mirrors to try and clean them.
If you think about it, you’ll realize that the world we live in is actually encouraging us to consume more in order to reduce our impact. Buy green. Try this. Throw this out. Never use that. Replace it now. Nope, that was wrong, now do this. Maybe you find it all stressful, maybe you find it overwhelming, but don’t write off living healthier and smarter. It is absolutely worth buying into the green movement, and, it’s just as important to know what to avoid.
Don’t just blame the people who make this stuff. Take responsibility as the people who buy it. We control the way we shop and what we shop for, and using our common sense will help us make more responsible purchases. Every dollar we spend is a vote for something…simple supply and demand. So, make sure to demand the right “goods” and avoid the wrong “stuff”. And, we all live happily ever after. The end.
For even more inspiration:
A Clean and Healthy Home: 30 things to do right now
Our Water Roundup
50 Things I do to Reduce
My Favourite Things