4.21.2011

One More Sleep 'Till Earth Day

For those of you who don't know, becoming more green is a new passion of mine since reading Gorgeously Green over my Christmas holiday.  Have you read it yet?


It's a quick and easy read that is not only enjoyable, but very educational too - I recommend it to everyone I see, and it has changed my life and the lives of my loved ones, which I am grateful for!

Lots of the changes I have made since reading this book {and other books because I am now hooked on being Gorgeously Green, plus I read as many green magazines as I can get my hands on} have been positive ones, not only for the environment, but also for my health.  Once you learn what is in food,  cleaning products, cosmetics, and even toothpaste it seems crazy not to make changes.  So, in celebration of Earth Day {a day early} I have decided to share some eco facts with you, and direct you to some info that may make you want to make green changes.  Please keep in mind that this is not at all to sound preachy, or to guilt anyone into making changes - being green is all about making positive choices for what suits our own lifestyle best {trust me, there are plenty of non eco things that I do or use everyday - I make better choices, but I'm not perfect}, I am just so excited about all of my new found knowledge, and am dying to share!  Here we go...

 Approximately one billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, that is one in eight of us {fact from Charity Water}.  Can you believe that there are nearly 40,000 deaths that occur each week because of people drinking unsafe water?  Sad.  Visit www.charitywater.org to find out what you can do to help.  Also, fresh water sources are in danger due to pollution, consumption, climate change, and diverted water flows.  We all know we need water to survive, so let's do our best to preserve what we have - I have become a master at slipping in and out of the shower without even fogging the glass!  A great documentary to watch about water is Flow.

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Shockingly, only 11% of the over 10,500 ingredients in beauty products have been tested for safety {fact from - Environmental Working Group}.  Terrifying, but true.  There are ingredients such as neurotoxins, carcinogens, and other scary concoctions that do major damage to our insides, because nearly 70% of what we put on our skin is absorbed directly into our blood stream - Yikes!  I have downloaded a list of products to stay away from via Gorgeously Green, {you can find it HERE} and have the list saved in my Blackberry so I have it with me at all times.  It is very hard to find products that are totally safe, but the fewer of these toxic ingredients the better.

More than half the water used in the US goes to animal agriculture, which is pretty upsetting seeing as we are running short on water faster than ever before.  Over 50% of the world's forests have been lost, and a lot of them were chopped down to make room for large factory farms and to grow grains to feed the animals that will be slaughtered {animals consume 70% of the corn, wheat and grains we grow - sad considering all of those people in the world who are starving}.  Not to mention these animals live a very sad life... Cows are often skinned alive feeling every ounce of pain.  Chickens are pumped so full of growth hormones they cannot even walk {because they grow so large and their legs cannot lift the weight} and often die inches away from their food or water due to malnutrition or dehydration.  And pigs {who by the way are as intelligent as a three year old child - amazing} often die during transport or are to weak to get off the truck at the slaughter house because of extreme illness from poor living conditions.  Sigh.  You can learn more about this HERE and if you can stomach watching videos, head HERE, sadly there are plenty to choose from.  In the US alone, more than 27 billion animals are slaughtered each year for food, which is terrible considering the increased number of heart attacks, cancer, obesity, and stroke cases each year - these issues are related to meat based diets.  

After gaining all of this information, and doing even more research I chose to become a vegetarian, and only eat animal products {dairy and eggs} from responsible sources, and it feels great!  And did you know that each person who becomes a vegetarian saves an average of 100 animals per year?  That makes me smile.  If you'd like to read more about becoming a vegetarian or vegan click HERE, or if you'd like to learn more about where your meat comes from watch Food Inc.

Well, I think that is enough of me rambling on for today, I hope I have inspired you at least a little.  And again, if you have not read it yet, do pick up Gorgeously Green - it's a fun read, and will probably change your life.  Have you read it, or will you soon?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!  
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Staci,
    I read this book a couple of years back when it was featured on Oprah by Julia Roberts. I picked it up again recently as we are pretty much organic and natural with everything. However, I had yet to go that route with my skincare and cosmetics. After reading up on the chemicals again, I am now using a natural organic skincare line. I do color my hair every 6-8 weeks...I am only willing to go so far. The only meat we now eat is chicken and it's only once or twice a week. I need to make the jump to veg. Thanks for posting the link about the veg starter kit. Will definitely check that out.

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Oodles of thanks for the comment!