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, January 7, 2010

Plastic Purge Phase 1

Part of my January Plan is to "ditch the plastic," meaning replace all plastic water bottles with alternatives. I also want to greatly reduce the amount of plastic we have in our home in general. So here is phase 1. This is a purge of our plastic water bottles, sippy cups, and regular plastic drinking cups. (wow!)


  1. Wow, Dais--what will you use in place of plastic sippy cups? I'm really interested to see how things go with this.

    We tend to use mason jars to drink from, not much plastic here, but we do have some. The difference is, my youngest is 11, so I'm not concerned about the mason jars breaking.

    I'll bet you could use mason jars, the small 1 cup size, and even if they drop on the floor, they are less likely to break than the thinner glasses. Not sure tho--I'd still be scared with younger kiddles about.

  2. My SIL also suggested mason jars. I'll look for those. I have stainless steel water bottles that I use myself, and I've just ordered some for my kids. We also have ceramic mugs. My feeling is that things break. It happens. As long as someone's there to clean it up so no one gets hurt, it's ok. The same SIL I mentioned sent us really small glasses that the kids use, and are fine with them. They are thick and hard to break. I wouldn't give them something that wasn't durable...and I learned not to give them my Portmerion plates and bowls! (too many broke in one week......)

  3. Not the flower cups!

  4. I know, I know. I was afraid I'd regret tossing all that stuff out, but ultimately I know it's a good thing! =) I'll try to find some pretty alternatives!!