The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
I enjoyed reading this article on Treehugger today.
Long have I believed that the chemicals sent our way may be a greater threat than the dirt they are sent to remove.
It’s curious that we are so quick to take away that which is part of our natural make up to replace it with stuff that has hazard warnings on the bottle.
You’ve got to eat a lot of dirt before you die.
Is one of my favourite sayings. I’m also very curious that many cleaning processes and products that didn’t exist in my youth are obligatory now.
Alcohol based antibacterials for example. Proper hand washing with soap and water is the best way to clean our mucky paws yet a bottle of something strong smelling and clinical seems to be on every counter now.
Yesterday (why didn’t I take a photo?), an electric toilet squirted automatic blue disinfectant into a loo at an art gallery after every flush!
This nasty blue chemical then disappears around the bend at the next use. How much chemical is going into the water supply then?
Did it really serve a purpose?
Our skin is a clever, massive organ. It repels a great deal of nastiness and protects us pretty well. Yet our obsession with rubbing off the natural oil and bacteria seems really daft.
Since I stopped using shampoo, I now see that my hair is absolutely fine. It’s been a year. In the early stages my hair was a bit greasier as production of oil to replace that which was stripped away by daily shampoo, needed to slow down.
It’s been a year now. I still rinse my hair with water in the shower about four times a week but that’s it.
My scalp is fine. It used to be a bit more productive but that has disappeared now.
I brush my hair more too but nothing but water washed it.
My hair doesn’t smell of anything either.
It’s mad really.
I much prefer my hair this way. I took a photo now. Just an honest shot; no big disguise. I rinsed it yesterday morning. It probably needs cutting but it doesn’t look bad.
The hardest part was having the courage to try and stop using shampoo and wondering what other people might think.
Have you changed any ‘normal’ habits to be greener?
What challenges did you face?
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