The Essentials of Green Living- 10 part series

Welcome to a fun summer blog series! I am often asked about clean, chemical free or cruelty free, green choices of products and items I use daily. People want to switch to something that is healthier, better for the environment or fair trade and not tested on animals. Whatever the reason for the switch, it can be intimidating as to where to start. Change can be a hard thing for many people. I am someone who is set in my ways; even OCD if you will. I like consistency and am a creature of habit. So when I discovered some truths about products I have been using I knew it was time for a much needed and welcomed change. It wasn't easy.

I made the choice in 2014 to start learning and researching about the products I use on a daily basis. I learned how they affected my health and the environment and how they were produced. I began to make the switch to cleaner, cruelty free and environmentally sustainable choices. Through the years, I have tried so many products as I made that switch. I now have specific ones that I love and live by! These were products that my family used growing up and I began using as an adult. These were products that I knew, loved and trusted for upwards of 30 years. Changing and going to something completely different was a challenge, but after learning about many of the products, I had peace about this change and hope for a healthy future.

This is why I am often asked about a specific product. Take for example, someone wants to stop using fabric softener and dryer sheets due to chemicals and artificial fragrances. They come to me for advice and want to know what the green version is. I love helping people with these changes. It really is my passion and what I live for. I love seeing people caring and getting excited about what I get excited about.

There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. -Franz Kafka