What does getting 'green' mean to you?For me, "green" is a state of consciousness about what's in your products and how it affects the world around you. There are so many nit-picky ways people try to define green and then end up arguing about tiny specifics and nothing gets done. Whether it's an all natural product or an organic product, whether it saves energy or saves water or saves trees - there are so many ways to define green. The basic premise, though, is that the actions that you take and the products that you buy have an impact on the environment and other people in ways that you might not even think of. "Green" is just about acting a little kinder towards others and ourselves, and realizing that we're not the only people in this world.
What's your advice for those who want to live green but don't know where to start?There will always be way more for you to do then you can actually get done! Trust me, there are plenty of ways that I can still change, so don't get caught up in the details. Think about what's most important to you right now and then decide how to make one change for the better. Got a specific medical complaint that you want to address? Choose a more non-toxic way of living that might help that problem. Got a new baby in the family and worried about their future health? Then make changes specific to your needs.Every time I give a presentation, I always have several people come up to me to ask a question, and they start off with apologizing for not living a greener life. I think that's such a sad statement about the way that living green has been perceived. You don't have to apologize! Just do one thing and you're making a bigger difference than you were before!Enough ranting and raving, though. Super simple steps that I recommend for anyone are:1. Open the windows. Indoor air quality is a MAJOR problem in U.S. homes that you're probably not aware of, but those nasty toxins from every day life build up in your home and you breathe them in over and over again. If you can just open the windows a few inches for an hour or two to get some fresh air inside, it's a free and easy alternative to create a healthier home.2. Switch your shower curtain liners. PVC shower curtain liners off-gas a ridiculous amount of chemicals that you breathe in for a month after you install a new one. Shower curtain liners made from PEVA (a similar looking plastic) don't offgas these toxins. PEVA liners are readily available at all major mass retailers and cost the same amount of money, or maybe a dollar more, than the PVC, but offer impressive benefits for the entire family.
- I really like Desert Essence skincare products - especially the cleaners.
- Giovanni Hair Care products work fabulously and are so easily available in Target and Ulta.
- Tea Tree Oil works great on acne and skin cuts and irritations.
- Gabriel Cosmetics lipstick was my last resort because my lips would always itch and peel after wearing lipsticks, and this line has great colors and doesn't make me have a reaction. Woo hoo!