8.5.13

It's not easy being Green


Recently I've seen requests for "Green Bloggers" and was wondering what exactly that means? Should a blogger who switches between natural and main stream products really be classed as a "Green Blogger"? Clearly there are several shades of green (yes, I realise what I just did there!).

Swapping out my skincare to natural products does not automatically mean that I will be out there hugging trees and saving the whales. However, using natural products generally means avoiding certain synthetic ingredients which could be harmful to the environment. Buying local handmade products supports the Country's economy and cuts down on air miles and carbon footprints. Often companies with Greener ethics are giving back to the local community and using recycled materials for packaging. Knowing what ingredients to cut out can be tricky. My advice is do your research and decide what is important to you, your skin and the environment around you. I have a page on my blog (under the header) which gives a basic list of ingredients which I look to avoid. I've argued many times that labelling a product natural does not make it a green product, so watch out for "Green Washing". 

I do think being Green should also extend to your lifestyle not just skincare. There are basic principles that you may wish to adopt

  • reduce pollution
  • conserve resources
  • conserve energy
  • reduce consumption and waste
  • protect the earth’s ecological balance

I'm not talking living in the woods without electricity and foraging for foods but I think it's important to think about small changes around the home. Here are a few I came up with
  • Consider the products you buy, are you wasting food or not recycling packaging? 
  • Do you use environmentally friendly cleaning products around your home? You can either buy eco-friendly products or make your own with ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and lemons 
  • Wash laundry on low temperatures
  • Sign up for paperless billing to cut down on paper and help save trees
  • Stop junk mail by signing up to Mail Preference Services link
  • Print on both sides of the paper
  • Do you buy Organic produce? 
  • Do you walk to the shops or take public transport or drive the car? 
  • If you have access to a garden, plant a vegetable patch or create a compost pile. 
  • Conserve water by not letting the tap run whilst brushing teeth or when washing up. 
  • Take reusable bags to the supermarket. 
  • If an appliance breaks down and is beyond repair, when buying a replacement consider the appliance energy rating. 
  • Donate or recycle old electrical/mobile/clothing
  • You can probably borrow books, movies, CD's from friends, neighbours, family or a public library
  • Re-purpose unwanted beauty products e.g a conditioner you don't like could be used to shave legs  
Obviously all the products I review are natural but here are some blog posts which have a environmental/green message.
What does the term "Going Green" mean to you? Do you have any "green" tips to share with readers?



14 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading your post. When it comes to food I order a veg box that is delivered once a week and it works out to be cheaper than organic veg in the supermarket. We are also lucky to have a farmers market every Saturday that isn't too far away, go there whenever I can. I try to keep a foldable bag in my handbag for those unplanned purchases. Have been trying to cut down on clothes shopping so it is more replacement of things rather than a new wordrobe every season. As an once a year treat I get a People tree surprise box, their clothes are wonderful fairtrade and I think most are organic, so obviously pricey but the box is £35 and you get at least 4 items of clothing and an accessory ( you don't know what you will get, but I haven't been disappointed so far and I've had about 7 over the years)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed my ramble about going green :) The People Tree surprise box sounds interesting. I also keep foldable bags in every handbag, I did stop my veg box as I found myself wasting food, the quantity for one person was a little too much for me.

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  2. Fab post, I have to admit that sometimes I dont think about all the things you have mentioned in your post, but I really should. I try and reduce my carbon foot print and recycle as much as possible, I also like supporting local businesses.

    This post has given me more food for thought xx

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    1. Thank you Grace, even if you are only doing a couple of green things it's better than nothing at all.

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  3. What a great read with my cuppa, I love the fact that you're talking about the wider issues of 'being green' in this post, as these little changes (using canvas bags to do the shopping for eg) are things that we can all do to help make our world a less toxic/chemical infused place. And the environment around us does impact on our skin too! Thanks for this post, I really enjoyed reading :)

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    1. I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading :) that's a good point about the environment impacting on our skin

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  4. This was really great! I was confused about all the greenblogger tags being used as well, because alot of the time it is used fot beauty bloggers. I really try to be green in everyday life too though. :-)

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    1. I know a group of natural bloggers wanted their own tag and they refere to themselves as "green" so I think that's how it ended up in the mix. I must admit I use the tag :)

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  5. Well i am pleased to say i do at least half of these things which actually suprised me. I could still put more effort in though.
    great post Sarah. xx

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    1. I think we could all do with putting in more effort so don't be disappointed as even the little things you are doing will count :)

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  6. Interesting points,Sarah!I've been planning to write about this kind of topic as well,and include your blog in it(I'll consider this comment as a permission also ;) ).Hope you don't mind!

    Carbon footprint is something that I can' t avoid(there will always be an ingredient that needs to be imported),however I try to encourage my local people by posting many many green topics on my blog posts so that they'll realize more about it.At least I hope that people will be inspired to do the same.In fact,I realize that some major magazines here do read my blog as I got e-mails from them(be it invitation on events,or asking to be contributor).Remembering that fact,it'll be good if those magazines can lift up this green issue as many as they can on their magazines.So that their readers will be aware as well.In the end,my carbon foot print is hopefully"evenly paid"by the number of more conscious people toward green living issue.That's all I can do!:)

    Anyway,Kermit was my idol back then when I was kid :D

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    1. I was (and still am) a Kermit fan didn't seem right not to include him ;)If you can offset your carbon footprint in other ways then that is great. I think you have to be very dedicated to be truly 100% green but I want to enough people to do what they can.
      I'm happy for you to link my blog & thank you for thinking of me x

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  7. Such a great post, thanks for giving me the link¬

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    1. You're welcome, I wasn't sure about leaving it as I know people get funny about it but I'm glad I did if you found it useful :)

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