Do you know that when your city is letting sewage and wastewater back into the environment without major treatment all the soaps, detergents, micro-plastics and chemicals that you use to clean your toilets, wash your washing and clean your hair with end up in the ocean? You might very well be swimming in them and swallowing them when you take a swim in the ocean! Apart from that, it really is immoral that we are pollution the oceans and environment in such a way and as a result also poisoning and killing animals.
A good label to look out for when buying shampoos, conditioners, cleaning agents and soaps is again the vegan label. This ensures that the product has not been tested on animals, is free of micro-plastic and does not contain harmful chemical ingredients. Usually the product with the vegan label will provide extra-information about its ingredients. Personally I can just say that vegan shampoo and conditioner has shown amazing results for my hair as it is does not react aggressively to my scalp and cleanses my hair more naturally.
The question is what kind of chemicals do you want to put on your face? Who had to suffer for your beauty products? It’s good to know that what’s on your skin is not tested on animals, contains no harmful chemicals and is natural.
Also think about using natural air fresheners/ fruit extracts instead of pump sprays. Aerosols in pump sprays can cause acute lung diseases as you breathe them in. Avoid products such as mosquito repellent that containing DDT by all costs. Most countries have banned the use of DDT as it can have serious health implications.
Have you ever thought about using vegan toothpaste and bamboo toothbrushes? Regular toothpaste usually also contains harmful ingredients and chemicals which can be absorbed by your body. Plastic toothbrushes are non-recyclable, unsustainable and cause huge pollution problems. The vegan bamboo ones are even biodegradable and compostable and are therefore definitely worth a try.
When plastic is exposed to heat, compounds start to break down such as poly carbonate and polypropylene. This can have risky health implications. It can especially have an effect on unborn fetuses and young children as these compounds are endocrine disrupters. For your own well-being it is therefore advisable to use a non-plastic metal kettle. In addition, they last longer and therefore be more sustainable.
Eco-activism starts with each and every single one of us. What is good for the planet is likely to be good for us as well. Mother Nature should be your first thought. We are the world. We are the change. Sustainability is a choice. Your choice. Today is the day to start.
“The environment is in us, not outside of us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment, ultimately you do to yourself.” –Ian Somerhalder
Concepts to consider and explore further:
- Zero-waste mindset
- Cyclic thinking: recycling &composting
- Buying local