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March 17, 2017

Baby Steps to Green Living

          Happy St. Paddy’s Day, everyone. Your comments about the different ways you live a green lifestyle has been very inspiring to us here at Sassafras. We’d like to quote @mahdimartin’s comment here:

"One thing is, I always try to conserve water whenever possible. And it's always possible."

 As she put it very neatly, it’s always possible to conserve, to recycle, to find ways to reduce our carbon footprints, to minimize the trash our households produce on a daily basis, to… whatever.

          We know that it takes serious effort to do all these things. We totally relate. In fact, one of the reasons why Sassafras exists today is because we also found it challenging to source consumer products that were in line with values that have started to become more and more important to our lives and those of our families.

And the thing is, choosing to pursue sustainability and clean living is a decision that has to be made over and over again, many times over the course of a day. It can be overwhelming. It is overwhelming.

          The key, we’ve found, is baby steps. By starting with just one (or two, if you’re feeling courageous) and sticking to it until it’s become second nature, there’s a better chance that good intentions will “stick”. Once you’ve mastered that first baby step, you can then go on to the next, and so on. Some of the baby steps that can make a real difference in the long run are:

Stop using drinking straws

          Simple, but just this one small thing can really make a lot of difference. Think about it: it’s something that doesn’t require any prep, like remembering to bring along a reusable water bottle would, but think of all the straws that you’ve used just this past year alone. DivePlanIt Australia has been sharing photos from their clean-up dives (like this one to the left), and they shared that 90% of debris found on Sydney beaches are plastic straws and bottles.

 

Upgrade your staples, going for cleaner and healthier choices each time

          You don’t have to throw out all your non-organic products out of the house in (because really, who has money for that?) but each time you finish something, resolve to replace it with a better product. One of the websites we follow, Organic Authority, suggests starting with the products that make the biggest impact in your chemical body burden: body wash and body lotion, followed by shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, then makeup. 

Choose the green and organic ways that make life easier for you

          People who really go out of their way to live sustainable and toxin-free lives have our admiration. But this blog post is all about baby steps, and realistically, the changes that improve our experiences are the ones that are going to stick. For example, there’s no point in buying organic skin care if it doesn’t work for you, no matter how awesomely clean it’s ingredients are – you’ll just end up not using it and throwing it away. (Besides, that’s absolutely unnecessary, because there’s so many great organic choices out there.) The changes that make sense for you and your family are usually the ones that add joy: for my son, it was discovering how much better a gourd loofah felt compared to a nylon bath lily. I have a friend who, after trying cocoa butter, never touched petroleum jelly again. Stuff like that. Find time to explore which green and clean choices can bring you joy.

Feel free to share your own thoughts and ideas by commenting below. We currently have 10 more days to go before we get to randomly choose a winner for our Rafflecopter giveaway. See you next Friday.

PS: @mahdimartin, we’ll be emailing you with a special discount code real soon, because we just loved your comment that much.