Discover The Ten Steps For The Recipe To Your Own Green Life That Your Body Will Thank You For
By CS Sherin
April 16, 2018
Updated June 5, 2018
You want to make your lifestyle more sustainable and conscious. You want to make a difference for your health and that of your loved ones. You want to contribute to protecting and creating healthier resources and ecosystems. You want to reduce your exposure to toxins, and learn how to reduce waste. But, where do you start? And, what is going to make the biggest difference?
Start with one recipe–something that is interesting and makes you feel excited. Give yourself room for mistakes. Allow yourself to have fun. Make sure that you pat yourself on the back for trying and promise yourself you won’t give up. Keep using that recipe, adapt it to your needs, and keep going! Then, add another recipe and another–as you gain confidence and get a feel for what you are doing. Keep going like that.
Start with items you use daily, like: deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, and soap. Zero in on items that use single-use plastics, toxins, and other unnecessary waste. Some changes won’t need recipes, only different choices in product. Replace other items with fast, easy, affordable DIY recipes.
Most DIY sustainable recipes will save you money, and if you make a good amount of it, can save you time too. The best DIY recipes are simple, easy, sustainable, and affordable. Below you will find the top ten Green actions to create your own sustainable lifestyle. These kinds of changes will make your whole body and heart feel good, in one way or another.
Please note: the following recipes were first published in Recipe For A Green Life.
CAUTION: Research ingredients for your individual health needs. Read labels on ingredients before using. Make sure that the recipes and ingredients are safe for you and your loved ones. Stop using anything that causes irritation or other issues or concerns.
1. DRY SHAMPOO. Using dry shampoo conserves water and eliminates unwanted ingredients, as well as ongoing waste/pollution. The recipe is simple: non-GMO cornstarch or arrowroot powder. Look for it it in a bulk section of a health food store, and refill it in a container that you bring with you. Put it in a spice jar with a lid for shaking it out. Before bed, apply to your scalp in small amounts. Apply only to dry hair. Brush or comb it through. This dry shampoo can effectively absorb dirt and oils. Upon waking, rub your scalp and hair with a dry towel, brush it, and style as usual. Please note: I do not use styling products, so I am not sure how well dry shampoo can work with styling products. You may want to research this further.
2. HOMEMADE TOOTHPOWDER. Making your own toothpowder eliminates waste and unwanted ingredients, and saves money. Toothpowder is simply a powder version of toothpaste. Once you blend the dry ingredients you dip a wet toothbrush into it and brush as usual. Take 1/4 cup each of baking soda, calcium carbonate powder (found in supplements section of stores), and ground sea salt. Optional: add a 1-2 teaspoons organic cinnamon spice powder. Optional: add 10-15 drops of a tooth and gum oil blend (the brands I use are Uncle Harry’s and Veriditas).
3. A BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH. Using a bamboo toothbrush eliminates ongoing plastic waste/pollution. I recommend the Brush With Bamboo brand toothbrushes. They are sustainably sourced and biodegradable. The bristles are a form of bio-plastic which has to be thrown away. However, the level of plastic-waste reduction created by this choice is huge. If dentists chose to give out bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones, that would be inspiring!
4. HOMEMADE DEODORANT. Making your own deodorant eliminates toxins, ongoing waste/pollution, and saves money. Store it in a glass or stainless steel container, or reuse an empty deodorant container you have. You can find the recipe here.
5. HOMEMADE PLANT-BASED LUNCHES IN REUSABLE CONTAINERS. Make lunch for yourself the night before. Or prepare a plant-based meal you enjoy that can last a few days, like soup. Commit to making your daily lunches totally plant-based, and keep them in reusable containers with reusable silverware. Look for easy, delicious recipes that make you excited for lunch.
6. REUSABLE CONTAINERS FOR DRINKS. Whether it is water, coffee, tea, smoothies, or some other beverage–opt for reusable containers that are made of ceramic, glass, or stainless steel. Biodegradable containers are okay too, but they still are not as good as a mug you can reuse every day. Choose restaurants, delis, and coffee shops who also support reusable refills. While you are at it: choose coffee makers at home that have reusable and washable parts rather than single-use (same for tea).
7. REUSABLE DRINKING STRAWS. Refusing plastic drinking straws eliminates plastic waste/pollution. If you need to use straws on a daily or regular basis, choose stainless steel drinking straws, which are washable/reusable.
8. REUSABLE COVERS AND WRAP FOR FOOD. Instead of using plastic wrap, use plastic wrap alternatives, such as: reusable containers, cloths, eco-friendly parchment paper, a plate on top of a bowl, or Bee’s Wrap (or something like it).
9. BIODEGRADABLE DOG WALK BAGGIES. Daily walks with the dog can lead to copious amounts of plastic waste/pollution added to the environment. A metal pooper-scooper is ideal because it doesn’t involve any plastic waste. However, a lot of dog walkers aren’t in a situation where that is practical. Biodegradable bags are a great answer until we can find something better. Bio-Bags brand is the only one available where I live, so that is the brand I know and use. That brand also sells bio-garbage bags. Search for the best options in your region. Also, if your local shops and groceries don’t carry it, ask them to. Let businesses know you want sustainable choices.
10. REUSABLE BAGS FOR PRODUCE, GROCERIES, AND ALL OTHER SHOPPING. Bringing your own bags, baskets, and boxes to carry your produce, groceries and other shopping trip purchases in eliminates single-use plastic waste and pollution. It also eliminates the need for paper bags, which saves trees and resources. Keep bags in your car, on your bike, in your purse or backpack, so that you are prepared. Don’t give up when you forget. Keep at it. New habits take time to establish. (While you are at it, take advantage of stores that sell items in bulk. You can bring your own containers and refill and reuse them by utilizing the bulk sections. This saves money, and eliminates packaging, and waste.)
Get started today. Pace your self. Set yourself up for success by leaving room for backwards and forwards movement as a part of the process. Don’t give up. Keep going! And talk to others about what you are doing so you can be on the journey together.
Please note: Specific brands were mentioned in this post. There is NO affiliation or sponsorship between the author and any brands mentioned. They are provided as examples only, based on the author’s opinion and experience.
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