Overwhelmed? Where to Start When Going Green
You're standing at the starting line, looking down the path to healthier, greener pastures. The smell of virtual greener grass is filling your senses as you smile thinking about all the healthy changes on the horizon. You're feeling excited, motivated, and yet a little weary as to which area to tackle first. Overwhelmed is an understatement at times.
You may wish you could just find someone to tell you exactly where to start, to give you an idea of a realistic plan and attainable goals, a flow chart for successful progress. So ready to go, but unsure of which direction to jump in, many people find themselves at a standstill before they even begin.
Remember, each person varies so find a pace that is comfortable for you. Some people will go into their house, look up the ingredients on all their product labels, and fill up a dumpster to start with a clean slate right away. Others will keep the products they're currently using and will instead be mindful with their future purchases that replace the current products.
You are much more likely to continue making positive changes if you aren't stressing out – the important thing is to focus on baby steps in the direction of your goal! For those of us who have dedicated our lives to living green, we know exactly how you're feeling because we've all been exactly where you are right now. Luckily, you have a trusted friend here to help guide you down the green path.
There are many ways to go green. Here is a list of some of the ways from personal care products to solar and wind energy.
1. Personal Care Products
2. Solar Panels
3. Portable Solar Panels
4. Wind Energy
Personal Care Products
Many people buy into the idea “you are what you eat,” but few people realize that what you put ON your body is actually more efficiently absorbed into your bloodstream than what you put IN your body. The first step to healthier living is to take a good look at your personal care products.
Check the ingredients label. Do you know what they are? Even if you do, are you aware of potential health and/or contamination concerns linked to that particular ingredient? A great resource to receive unbiased ingredient safety information is Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Skin Deep database. The EWG website gives you the ingredient, toxicity rating based on published scientific studies, and links to the referenced studies so you can read them yourself. The best place to find green products is at buygreen.com. They have all the everyday personal care products that you use everyday. Check it out now and get started going green with your everyday items.
There is a lot to learn from researching ingredients and a little information goes along way. You will run into a few ingredients that have studies supporting both sides of the safety/toxicity debate. When you run into these types of ingredients, you can make empowered, educated decisions for yourself by using EWG to guide your research into potential pros and cons.