Going green has become a fancy mantra that a lot of people adopt today, most of them doing it just because it sounds like the hip new thing to do. However, if you really want to go green for preserving natural resources, you first need to understand what it truly is.
Going green is not just about recycling; itâs a completely different lifestyle that youâd have to adopt thoughtfully, in a considered way so that you can reduce your carbon footprint or impact on this planet.
There are millions of sufferers of a 'syndrome' commonly known as 'adrenal fatigue' or more specifically, mild adrenal insufficiency. This means that the adrenal glands are not functioning optimally and is often caused by prolong chronic stress. This condition in its many forms has been dead-panned by the medical establishment, despite clear scientific evidence stating that it does, in fact, exist.
So, what is 'adrenal fatigue' or 'mild adrenal insufficiency'?
I was watching the 7pm Project tonight, followed, most uncharacteristically by A Current Affair.
Now, I am a BIG believer in the Beatles lyrics "We all live in the yellow submarine" and I feel VERY strongly that we are all on this big Mothership called Earth TOGETHER. I do not practice racism or any form of "lesser / greater" race degradation. We ARE all on this earth together. We are ALL responsible for this earth, together. We are ALL responsible for the damage we have done and together we are ALL responsible for fixing that. That applies to people as well as the planet, in my belief.
You know, in the early days of my pregnancy, I was vintage & thrift shopping a lot for my soon to arrive little bundle of drooling & puking joy... but I felt guilty about doing EVERYTHING second hand. So to assuage my guilt, I bought some new stuff... that I now totally regret.
I thought that buying everything second hand for MissyMooPoos meant I didnât CARE enough for her to buy her nice, shiny NEW things. Little did I know at the time...
Second hand, vintage & thrift finds are FAR healthier and SAFER for your baby than anything you can buy brand new. Why? Well, read on for 30 reasons that will make your second hand shopping experience SO much more fun!
1. All fabrics have been âgassedâ with toxic dyes, permanent press chemicals *formaldehyde* & colour fixatives before they are packaged & sent to retailers. Hence why youâre told to always WASH a new garment before wearing! You REALLY want that stuff leaching into your kids' skin???
2. Buying second hand or vintage for your baby (and yourself!) means its been washed dozens of times and has had a chance to âoff gasâ. This means basically the garment has been allowed to air & alot of the toxicity has been released via oxygen airing & washing. Much safer for your bubs.
3. Vintage & second hand finds are often sturdier than store bought - theyâve already lasted through a child or 5 before you & theyâre STILL in good condition!
4. Second hand shopping means less landfill. Period.
5. Second hand shopping & vintage finds means you can be a little creative - YOU can mix & match the outfits, not the designers. As your child grows they can begin to express themselves more through their choice of clothes from your local Vinnies.
6. Vintage stores & second hand shops are the ULTIMATE for stocking the dress up box!
7. You can often find fabric samples that havenât been used for BARGAIN prices so you can go home & make your own. Wash before using as some fabric shrink quite a bit.
8. Toys at vintage stores have that olde worlde charm about them; the Victorian Dolls house complete with lace detail, the 1920âs rocking horse with a real horses mane & tail - you just canât buy things like this anymore!
9. They can become family heirlooms which is a tradition that has sadly become less frequent in our consume & dispose way of life. Start it up again in your family by buying quality pre-loved items with a story!
10. Theyâre cheaper. SO much cheaper!
I was wondering around my local Coles supermarket today trying to see how many stock items have at least one âgreenâ, eco or certified organic choice available.
End result? Not many.
I donât know whether to cry or swear... whether Iâm sad or outraged.
It never ceases to amaze me what kind of substances & chemicals are ALLOWED to be included in foodstuffs, clothing for kids & infants, medicines, formulas, cleaning products & supposed “natural” products...
Take formaldehyde for example. Its a naturally occuring chemical substance (carbon, hydrogen & oxygen) however it is also a KNOWN carcinogenic... which means it is known to cause cancer.
I gave birth to my daughter 25 days ago now. It has been a whirlwind of sleeplessness, feeding, expressing milk and trying to work out how to stay as healthy as I can so she gets great milk from me. She hasn't taken to the breast because of an unfortunate mishap with one of my midwives, that left her a little traumatised so I have been expressing milk 8 times a day. I'm a veritable Jersey Cow right now!
You might be asking yourself "Why on EARTH is this woman starting a lifestyle blog just 25 days after giving birth?"
A passionate activist, author and social entrepreneur with a business that impacts both the planet and communities around the globe, Louisa Jane is also a full time single mother to her two young children.
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