Green compassionate living is THE thing to get on board with in 2016. Get ready for the words “climate-change”, “organic” and “direct-trade” to become part of your everyday vocabulary. A whole wave of people are coming around to the idea of eating less meat, using less water and diminishing their carbon footprints. Documentaries like Cowspiracy and Blackfish are becoming more popular than fiction (the other day I swear I heard a kid say “ya the new Star Wars looks cool, but did you see The New Green Giants documentary on CBC?”)….plus when stars like Leonardo DiCaprio voice the importance of change and equality, you know something huge is afoot.
So let’s get on board! Here are some small changes you can make at home to become more eco-savvy and throw some much needed compassionate energy into the universe.
Abeego brand has created reusable food wraps made from beeswax, jojoba, hemp and cotton. Hallelujah! And for our vegan friends, check out Onyx stainless steel containers – they make everything from lunch containers to ice cube trays to popsicle moulds.
LAUNDRY and BATHROOM
Kiss chemicals goodbye with these awesome soaps. Save the planet one laundry load at a time with Nellie’s All-Natural Laundry Soaps – all biodegradable and chlorine free. Try out woolen dryer balls filled with essential oils instead of fragranced dryer sheets (which contain allergy- and asthma-causing compounds). Or challenge your multi-tasking skills with Dr. Bronners 18-in-1 liquid castile soaps. Use for dishes, floors, hand soap, body wash, shampoo, and even vegetable washing.
Essential oils are where its at. Lift your spirits and make guests feel like they are at a spa by spritzing natural and therapeutic essential oils instead of generic Fabreez (soooooo needs to be voted off the island). Make your own mist by combining 10 drops of your fav oils into distilled water in a mister bottle. Or try out Lotus Aroma ambiance mists in smells of Cypress & Cinnamon or Sweet Orange & Mandarin.
This is an easy one. They clean the air, smell great, and add a sophisticated touch to any bedroom. Spider plants are especially great at purifying the air and live a really, really long time (I got one in my dorm room first year and continued to bring joy into my life well into my post-grad working days).
Definitely invest in non-VOC paints. Benjamin Moore developed Natura, a brand of acrylic paint given the green thumb of approval. Finally hunt around for unique recycled or pre-used bedroom furniture (nothing gross, just bed-frames or chairs etc.) and you’ve got yourself a sexy compassionate living space!