The chemical craze
As a millennial life presents it self with a double edged sword. Never before, has there been access to so much information at our fingertips. We have a wealth of knowledge a few clicks away and how we use it is solely up to us.
My parent’s come from a generation that consisted of a more close minded mindset. What the doctor said was always believed to be correct. What was in the newspaper or on TV was one-hundred-percent factual. Chemicals were never a problem, and the term organic ceased to exist.
From my perspective, that’s simply a fantasy world. My education and life experiences have molded my mind to explore different avenues. Question everything. If it doesn’t seem right, do more digging.
Holistic health was something I was always drawn to. It simply resonated with me. Now, it may or may not resonate with you. Maybe you, like my parents come from a world where everything is peachy and there is no need to change your habits or question the information you believe is true. Or maybe like my brother, you’re rolling your eyes and thinking I’m just another tree hugging-hipster-millenial. Maybe I am, but, I will argue that my tree hugging ways are the ways of the future.
This could be a fad, but I pray that it’s not. This era of chemical conscious individuals has the power to change our world for the BETTER. Lets take a quick dive into this topic of harmful chemicals. Where are they most commonly found, and how can we avoid them?
Let’s start with the term ORGANIC. Now, I’m not just talking food. Yes, organic food is wonderful. If you have not heard of the “dirty dozen & clean 15” list PLEASE tape this to your fridge. I know some people simply cannot afford to buy everything organic. If you are one of those individuals than make small steps. Try to buy everything on the dirty dozen list ORGANIC. These 12 items contain the MOST pesticide residue : Strawberries, Spinach, Nectarines, Apples, Grapes, Peaches, Cherries, Pears, Tomatoes, Celery, Potatoes, and Sweet Bell Peppers. You can do it.
Organic products contribute to a healthier and more sustainable life. Not only are you benefiting from consuming and using organic products, but so is our earth. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy living on this planet, lets stop fucking it up. (Pardon my French.)
Aside from food, there is something every person should consider and that is skincare. Skincare products are far more dangerous than the foods we consume. The skin being our largest organ, absorbs everything we put on it straight into our bloodstream. EEEK. This includes shampoo, conditioner, makeup, sunscreen, etc. READ your labels. Research the chemicals you cannot pronounce and find or make nontoxic alternatives. Your body will thank you!
Get rid of the plastic in your house. Tupperware containers, toys, storage bins, cups, the list goes on and on. It is not just BPA we are concerned about. Plastic is FILLED with harmful toxins just waiting to be leached on to you. Go for glass and other organic materials.
This topic is something I could write about forever, so stay tuned. I will delve deeper into specific items you should avoid and alternatives you can implement!
Some brands I use are listed below!
*Dr. Bronner’s pure-castle soap. (Body wash, shampoo, dish soap, laundry soap.)
*OWay (shampoo & Conditioner)
*Cora or Seventh Generation (organic tampons)
*Young living Thieves (toothpaste & Household cleaner)
*California Baby (baby shampoo & body wash, sunscreen, lotion)
*Honest Brand & Seventh Generation (diapers & wipes)
Stephany & Lu