The beginning of a new year is here! And with the new year comes the opportunity to renew our Moksha community’s commitment to living greener and healthier lifestyles.
Recently I found myself at a dinner with friends. We talked about many things but eventually drifted into a conversation about environmental issues. Our friend Pauline expressed her frustration with the seemingly slow progress being made by world leaders and ordinary citizens like ourselves, “I’m so tired of talking about this; It seems as though all we ever do is talk”. I shared her sentiment but had nothing to add.
A couple of weeks later, I met up with Pauline in Seattle. She informed me with excitement that she had decided to make some big changes in her life. In hopes to reduce her carbon footprint, Pauline had decided to transition to a zero waste lifestyle!
One way in which she hoped to do so is by making her own cosmetic products. The ingredients (http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/) found in these often contain “industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors” harmful to both humans and to the environment.
Pauline specified, “There are two things that are important to me in making my own cosmetics products: I use only natural products and I avoid packaging.” So far, she has learned to make her own lip balm, toothpaste, and shampoo! (Check out this great site for homemade cosmetics, http://wellnessmama.com/3701/natural-shampoo/).
By transforming her frustration in to positive action, Pauline has inspired me to make some changes in my own life. Since the beef production process is one of the largest contributors of CO2 emissions I’ve decided to significantly reduce my meat consumption.
On our path to a greener lifestyle, it is important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to today’s environmental challenges. Learning to live green may mean something completely different for each and every one of us. Whether you choose to make your own products, recycle, eat sustainably or bike to work, the important thing is to take those small, green, and mindful actions every day.
The David Suzuki Foundation website, http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/take-action/together-we-can-make-a-difference/ is a wonderful resource and source of inspiration to make these changes a reality! So go ahead, start 2016 off right! Get Inspired and Go Green!