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!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Coffee Filters

Forever and ever I used a plastic, reusable coffee filter. I have felt good about this. No paper waste! It did not occur to me for one second that I have been pouring hot liquid over plastic every morning for years and years. I am a person who never microwaves anything in plastic or with plastic wrap, nor do I put hot food into a plastic storage container. So why have I never thought about the coffee filter? Who knows. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the more I make changes to my lifestyle, the more I become aware of areas that could be changed with good results. Or something. So. I just read this article about coffee filters. It is from http://www.projectgreenify.com/. Basically the writer suggests making cloth coffee filters, using unbleached, tight-weaved fabric. Huh. Where have I been? I see the benefits. No more paper, no more plastic. It will take me a while to get the filters together. It's a trip to the fabric store (once every 2-3 weeks), washing the fabric, and creating. But, when I get to it, I'll post pictures. =)

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