Have you ever been fooled by Greenwashing? Have you ever even heard of greenwashing before?
Since becoming really interested in the health effects of certain substances used in food and body products, I’ve become more and more aware of the deceptive labeling many companies utilize to fool consumers. The move toward protecting our bodies and the environment is being hijacked by corporations to make a quick buck.
Meanwhile, they undermine the movement with unsustainable practices, whilst taking money from those who want to protect the planet. They use many tricks including confusing terminology like “biodegradable” and words that have strong meaning for consumers like “natural” “good” “pure” to hide the nasty ingredients in fine-print on the back.
With these labeling tricks they inflate the price of still-toxic products to make more money for themselves. Here’s a guide to understanding and identifying greenwashing, and all the reasons such products should be avoided.
If you’ve been reading the birth stories around you probably heard a lot of horror stories about being induced. Things like, the pain is a million times worse, you will absolutely NEED an epidural, etc. Well, I want to add my story in and reassure you, if you’ve been told you may have or need an induction, for whatever reason, that it won’t necessarily be that bad. I was induced a few days before my son’s due date because of gestational diabetes. They had allowed to go to my due date because it had been well managed through pregnancy, however going over was not on the cards for me, especially because I was noticing decreased movements as well. You can read how I managed my gestational diabetes without insulin here.
This is what you can expect from an induction and how mine went. ..
For some people, living an eco friendly lifestyle may seem daunting or out of reach, and many would think of it in economic terms. Organic costs more, natural fibers cost more, installing solar has a big upfront cost/im renting and can’t make modifications, etc. My belief is that any change toward a more conscious lifestyle is better than none, and small things can still make a difference.
Here’s some ways you can be more environmentally conscious which are free, low cost or can save you money on things you already purchase.
Reflecting on the birth of my son, I realized I could have been better prepared and saved myself a lot of discomfort. Some things I didn’t even think of, other’s were due to circumstances I hadn’t planned for but probably should have (a slightly extended stay and tearing).
So, here is an opportunity for you to learn from my mistakes. Continue reading
This is a homemade treatment to grow back thinning or slow-growing hair. I lived with thin hair most of my life and thought that was just a bad draw from the genetic lottery, but I was wrong. I did manage to get thick, healthy hair, with dietary changes and this treatment, so I’m sharing it with you all here. Continue reading
This pumpkin soup became a fast favorite for our family. Ever since we bought our immersion blender we’ve been making a lot of soup.
I used to buy canned soups until my husband mentioned how bizarre it was for a tomato soup to be sweet. Then I actually looked at the ingredients on the can, and sure enough… sugar, yep. In tomato soup. Why, just why? There were also lots of other undesirable ingredients so I vowed never to buy canned soups again.
I’m actually so glad that I did because this homemade pumpkin soup is probably the tastiest thing I’ve ever eaten. Not even kidding, here’s how to make it…
In part 1, I talked about how to navigate cultural issues. What about when this is compounded by a language barrier? Your home will probably have a dominant language, the one that both of you speak well enough to communicate in. This may be your native language, your partners, or perhaps even a third language which is a second language for both (such as the official language of the country you’re living in, and the couple have no other common language).
Most people can’t or don’t communicate effectively with people who already speak their native language, and we are unfortunately living in an era of declining social skills. When your partner is from a different language background, effective communication skills become even more important.
With the following advice I’m assuming there is enough language skill for most day-to-day communication, that you can generally understand each other, but may have occasional miscommunications or misunderstandings. These may arise from grammatical mistakes, misused or confused vocabulary, difficulty expressing complex ideas or forming complex sentences, etc. Continue reading
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Now, why I am I not titling this post ‘eco friendly’? Well, every fiber has it’s pros and cons, and most of them aren’t farmed or manufactured in an environmentally friendly way. Cotton uses tons of water and pesticides, viscose uses heavy chemicals in processing, animal fibers like wool and leather have issues like deforestation for grazing, water consumption etc and modern tanning techniques tend to rely on heavy chemicals. Even fibers which could be sustainable usually aren’t because of the level of consumption. Until we start consuming less, I don’t believe there will be anything truly eco-friendly. I see this issue basically as “pick your poison”
So this may leave you asking what’s the point? Natural fibers still have lots of benefits like being more comfortable and reducing plastic pollution down the line. Continue reading