The 3rd module, week 5 and 6 is Toxics. We spent a few days examining the toxic chemicals that were in our life and decided to finally throw out all of those beauty products that were full of harmful chemicals.
GOAL: throw out those products we no longer use and anything full of chemicals!
|Rowan getting them ready for the garbage. Sunscreen, hair products, exfoliating scrubs with plastic bubbles, etc.|
This was pretty easy. We had a stash under the sink that I have been putting off dealing with. I felt guilty because a few of the items were gifts from my in-laws from my birthday, but I just couldn't bring myself to use them. I even tried a few of the products from bath and body or whatever that place is called and ended up coming out of the bath smelling like a baby prostitute. Not only did I reek, but the actual chemicals that make up those 'delicious' scents made Matt and I feel really sick to our stomachs. Since most of our beauty products are handmade or use essential oils, we were not used to these synthetic smells and they really irritated us and invaded our bodies. My co-worker in Vancouver had a huge sensitivity to scent and now I feel like I finally get it. Just took some time and making an actual effort to move on to more natural products without chemicals to really feel the impact and dominance those chemicals have.
As part of the bathroom binge, I've thrown out a lot of old makeup that was full of chemicals and from companies that tested on animals.I've simplified my makeup routine, perfect for summer and perfect for a newborn baby about to arrive any day now and am using cruelty free and fair trade makeup. Not every item I choose was perfectly in-line with those goals, but I think it's a good start. As a result I feel much better about the companies I've chosen to give my money too, and what I'm putting on my face.
LONG TERM GOAL: continue to weed out as many toxics as possible - this summer, for example we'll be using chemical free sunscreen and continuing to use all of our DIY beauty products. I just made myself a new batch of deodorant with clay and will remake Matt's cocount oil / baking soda / arrowroot powder combo when he runs out.
We're also continuing to make a huge effort to reduce the plastic in our lives. We will continue to save and use glass jars to store our food and are going to encourage our friends and family to think about this when purchasing or giving gifts to Rowan and our baby on the way (39 weeks tomorrow!).
I think the easiest way to go about reducing or eliminating toxics/toxins is read and get to know what is in the stuff you're putting in your body or keeping in your house. I googled a lot of the ingredients in those products that I wasn't sure of and I've noticed throughout this green journey that I'm able to recognize those harmful chemicals just from educating myself. It literally took 15 minutes with a toddler to find and throw out this stuff. Tackle one thing at a time and before you know it you'll be living a pretty toxic free life!