I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 - January Plan


Green Plan (from easy green LIVING by Renee Loux):

1. Clean kindly: 

*Use plant-based, biodegradable soaps and detergents
*Use all-purpose and surface cleaners that contain plant-based solvents, and use ammonia-free glass cleaners
*Lose cleaners that contain chlorine
*If the ingredients are not fully disclosed on a product label (or you can't pronounce them,) choose a product you can trust

2. Be wise with laundry

*Wash full loads to get the most out of water and energy use
*Rinse laundry with cold water. 85-90% of the energy used to wash clothes goes to heat the water
*Use plant-based, biodegradable detergents that don't have chemical fragrances or dyes
*Opt out of using chlorine bleach. Choose oxygen bleach instead-it's color safe, fabric friendly, and eco-brilliant
*Line dry when you can. It saves energy and money and extends the life of your clothes

Purge Plan:

1. Get rid of all reading material that is not currently loved

I would love to have company in my efforts! If you decide to make any of this part of your plan for this or any month, let me know how it's going! We could support and encourage each other. =) I will post my progress throughout the month.

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