Have You Ever Asked “Why Should We Be EcoFriendly?”
“Clare, why should we be ecofriendly? Why should anyone even bother?”
It’s a question I get asked. A lot.
And it’s a good question!
Before I answer it, please allow me to ask you a question.
Are you worried about your health, and the health of your family, due to the toxic chemicals that surround us in our homes, not to mention polluted air in our cities?
I certainly am.
I wondered why there are so many more allergies these days, so many more people with breathing difficulties, why cancer deaths are more prevalent in certain areas compared to others – just to mention a few concerns.
And I was pretty horrified by what I found out.
A throw-away society is not sustainable – we’ve got one small planet. We’re bursting at the seams, and we create more and more rubbish by using disposable items.
So many things in our homes contain toxic chemicals – yet we think of our homes as our sanctuary!
It’s not that companies are deliberately trying to make us ill (I’m sure they’re not). It’s just that we show companies, day after day, that we want cheap products.
And the cheapest way to make products is to use cheap labour and cheap materials (such as plastic) (which is made from petroleum).
There is no price to pay for factories sending pollutants into the air that we breathe. Sometimes, companies get caught sending waste into our rivers and oceans – but often, they aren’t caught and so they can dispose of their waste for free.
It’s not good for us, and it’s not good for the other creatures we share our planet with.
So, it’s Expensive to be EcoFriendly?
I’ve found lots of ways where being green can in fact save you money, and that’s a key feature of this website.
But We Can Make Better Choices?
By knowing what to look for in the things we buy, we can make the right choices and be ecofriendly.
Buying green protects our health.
But it also sends a message to companies too.
When we consistently buy products that are safer for us, we show companies we’re no longer willing to continue harming ourselves.
The Good News
And the good news is that by choosing genuinely green products, we’re helping not just ourselves, but we’re also helping the environment.
It’s my job to do all the research, all the finding out.
So I’ll tell you, for example, why “natural” isn’t always good, whether sunblock is a good idea or not, which hair conditioners can give you healthy, glossy hair without the toxic chemicals, and lots more!
That’s what this site, EcoFriendlyLink is all about – linking you to the knowledge and choices to keep you – and your environment – safe. You’ll find it’s easy to be ecofriendly with EcoFriendlyLink on your side!
The Next Step
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The next step is to become a more mindful buyer.
Our consumption habits are wrecking the planet – and we’re not any happier. In fact, life just becomes a vicious circle or treadmill of working to pay for all the things we think we want – and yet aren’t truly necessary.
For example, do you need the latest model of smartphone? Does your current one work fine? Did you know that if you have a contract with a service provider and they offer you an upgrade phone, you’re tied in for another long period. But if you don’t change your phone, you’ll get a cheaper rate.
If you buy the latest TV, it might make you happy for a short while – until your neighbor buys the next latest thing….. it just goes on and on and on.
And single-use disposables are just the worst thing for the planet. Disposable cups, takeout food containers and the like. They take resources to make (if they’re plastic or polystyrene, they’re made from petroleum) and transport, we use them once and then throw them away. Bring your own reusable containers – they’re healthier for you too.
Here are some links to some of the most popular posts on EcoFriendlyLink – readers find these really helpful:
Mothballs – here are safe alternatives
Paper towels – what to use instead of these single-use disposable items
Create natural breezeways in your home
Could you be allergic to your own clothes?
Did you know that people who live green are happier, more content, have less debt – and are exposed to far fewer toxic chemicals.
It’s really good to be ecofriendly.
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