Thursday, June 19, 2008
17: switching over
In an effort to be more earth-conscious and less-big-box-store conscious, we are hanging up our Tide trousers. We've already traded over to Seventh Generation for bathroom paper products (I can only assume the name is based on the American Indian concept of considering the seven generations before and the seven generations after to aid in conscious choices).
And now, inspired by another blogging Molly (they are everywhere--isn't it wonderful?), I'm going to oust the chemical-laden laundry soap and replace it with something a little more earth-friendly. There will be some experimenting, I am certain, but what Molly says about feeling the chemical residue and subsequent itchiness from Tide and the lot is a curiosity to me, something that inspires change. I had also considered the dryer balls, but then I read this article. I don't need dryer sheets anyway--I was the one who used them, not my husband, and I can't tell the difference now that we've run out. (We ran out? Seriously, I didn't even notice.)
But the most invaluable link I found was on Chris's blog: six ingredients for an earth-friendly home. What I find most interesting about all this buzz about eco-friendliness, and especially me spouting it, despite my environmental raging in college, is that I am a prime consumer. An impulsive shopper. Cutting Target off my list of stores I visit was actually a blessing--not just to help improve my desire to shop more locally, but also preventing that money drain and clutter filling that would occur every time I would drop by the store. According to the above link all you really need: baking soda, borax, lemon juice, salt, olive oil and white vinegar.
Perhaps I need to go shopping to stock up.