TODAY'S GREEN MANTRA: "The less sucky suds I buy, the less crappy chemicals I ingest, and the less harm I do to this planet and its inhabitants"

The circular story of everything we use is an important one to know as it connects us emotionally with all that is affected by our actions and purchases - and thus - through empathy and concern, will enhance our wisdom and awareness and enough to caterpillar ourselves towards positive change through both love and morality for ourselves and our home.

I shall also try to tell the circular story of each negative habit and pollutive product I discover, hopefully encouraging heightened thinking of the conscious variety from all of us (including myself).

With this in mind, here is a summarization of this week's posts on suds, written in its circular story.


- THE CIRCULAR STORY OF CONVENTIONAL SUDS -


PRODUCTION
The suds are produced, most often by low wage workers, using hazardous chemicals, energy and water.

PACKAGING
The chemical concoction is then packaged in plastic. This plastic will eventually end up in landfills or the sea. If it makes it into the recycling process, it will pollute further (as plastic is toxic even when positive processing) before getting a second life. .

THEY COME HOME
We purchase those packaged items and take them into our home.

WE USE THEM
In the various ways we wash, we wash our face, polluting the ocean with chemicals and plastic microbeads. We soap our bodies, wash our dishes, and shampoo our hair, absorbing and inhaling a host of toxic substances which have been linked to cancers, allergies, reproductive issues and other health harms. And we wash our clothing, consuming water and energy while a host of pollutants fill our lungs, causing yet more health harms.

TOXINS ENTER OUR WATERWAYS
Whenever you're using soaps or detergents, you're using water as well, and thus, whatever ingredients are in the product you use end up in the water which goes down the drain, through a water treatment plant (which wasn't designed to process these chemicals) ends up in our waterways, poisoning our wildlife.

WE EAT IT
This chemically rich water then makes its way in our crops and into the food chain, which we sit at the top of, and who created the pollution, from the producers to us consumers, are poisoned (again) by the very pollution we unconsciously created. And the circle is complete.

WANT TO CHANGE THE STORY?
Purchase products (ideally in bulk or biodegradable containers) created by conscious companies which won't harm your health or our planet.

photo: Claudia Moeckel