About 15 years ago I decided I no longer wished to participate in the senseless, needless slaughter of animals and became vegetarian.
About 5 years ago I expanded that to vegan, so that I do not wear, use, or otherwise be a party to the skinning, hunting, poaching, and butchering of animals for shoes, cosmetics, clothes, furniture, etc.
About 3 years ago I started composting and gardening, so I would know where my food came from. Although I’m not in a position to start up again right now, I will be soon.
About 2 years ago, I read the ingredients on the back of my shampoo bottle and knew there had to be a better way. Now I make my own, and have not used commercial shampoos or conditioner since. I haven’t colored my hair since 2015.
About a year ago, I did the same with household cleaners, laundry soap, dryer sheets, toothpaste, and body lotions. I make my own from very basic, natural ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. I store everything in glass, no plastic.
But it was more than the ingredients that turned my stomach, it was also a way to embrace a frugal life. A way to reduce what I spent on all the chemicals marketing execs want to convince me I need. A way to get back to a simpler way of doing things. Simple, and effective.
I think the abundance of prescription medication ads really made me think about what I was being “sold”. And why they wanted me to “buy” it so badly. It’s not just about selling me products, it’s selling me the idea that my life will only be made better by someone else’s hand rather than my own. To which I say fuck off.
I’m kinda over the brainwashing of society as a whole and me in particular – how I’m supposed to look, think, act, and behave. That my clothes won’t be clean if I don’t use the super-duper-stain-fighting-white-whitening-ultra Tide. And oh yeah, here’s the number for poison control if you need it, but go ahead and wash your clothes in it, cover them with it, wear it around. And then we shake our heads at the prevalence of cancers.
Honey, I could eat my laundry soap if I wanted to.
Next on the list is deodorant, body soap, multi-vitamins and plastic razors. I’m considering an old fashioned straight razor. Seriously.
This journey is in eliminating those ideas that just don’t hold water anymore, i.e full of holes. Eliminating response to media- whether its social, magazines, TV, etc. to follow the buzzword (organic, low-fat, etc), or why buy one when I can get 2, or 4, or 30. How many times was I in a grocery store lured in by the 2 for $4 offer when I stopped and looked at the individual price to see I’m actually going to pay MORE with the $4 offer?? Or stood there with the 5 (insert product name here) for $10 items when I realized I only needed one? And do I even want to buy “food” that won’t expire for five years (I’ll talk about disaster preparation in a later post) ? Um, no, I don’t.
Stop. Look. Think.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Especially reduce.
PS: if you’re interested in recipes for the above, stay tuned for my next post.