So, over the next little bit, I will be sharing with you short lists of the weird things I do in my day to day. Some of them might seem pretty normal to the hippie-eco set, but I hope to teach even the old hat eco-nerds some new tricks. Here we go with installment one!
Five Weird Things I Do- My Morning Routine:
1. Baking Soda and Coconut Oil Face wash
|My new face washing routine.|
|Excuse the blurry picture, but this is pretty much what it|
looks like before I combine the two ingredients.
So, I was a little resistant to trying this new technique, because I was relatively pleased with my current solution Despite my reservations, when the time came to buy new face wash about a month ago, I found an on sale coconut oil that was 1) organic, 2) in a glass jar, and 3) did I mention on sale? I decided I had to go for it! I figured, I use baking soda for everything and if this doesn't work I can use the coconut oil for cooking. How does it work then? The jury is still out. I have super, super sensitive skin so each time I switch face washes, there is an awkward period where I get small break outs, so that is still happening. Additionally, I'm not sure I've been doing it 100% right. The instructions on the website are different than the ones on the pin, which are the ones I have been following. Right now, I am using a pinch of baking soda and a very small amount of coconut oil (size of a pencil eraser) 3 times a week, then washing my face with warm water and a wash cloth the other days. My skin looks a lot healthier aside from the slight increase in blemishes. I have no dry skin and it has evened out my skin tone a bit. I'm going to give it till the end of April, and see if things clear up the rest of the way. After all, I have been exercising about 20x more than usual and falling into bed at night without rinsing my face sometimes, so it's hard to say if this is working great or not. Someone else should give it a try! Let me know how it goes. It's for sure got less chemicals and plastic associated with it than any other face washing routine I've tried. And, I feel like my face smells nice after...
2. Baking Soda Deodorant
Fair warning, this is not an antiperspirant. However, everyone I know who I have convinced to actually give this a try has ended up loving it! Antiperspirants use those aluminum-based ingredients to actually clog up the pores in your armpits, preventing you from sweating. And did you know that sweating is actually really good for your body? It helps you maintain your temperature and gets out bad stuff, like toxins you might have absorbed through the skin. That's one of the reasons people feel so great after coming out of the sauna! So, when you initially make the switch you might feel extra sweaty, because your pores are trying to get rid of all those clogging agents you've been rubbing on everyday for years! After the adjustment period, I (an those who I have gotten to try this!) felt less sweaty and smelly overall! Seriously. Do this. If you aren't into straight up baking soda, there are a ton of recipes for smelly-good homemade deodorants on the internet. If you don't want to make it yourself, and you have some extra cash, my boyfriend has been using Lush's solid deodorant bars as of late. He loves this one.
|I have not yet sold D Lo on the green smoothie,|
so his is sans kale. Hello toes!
3. Drink My Breakfast Smoothie with a Stainless Steel Straw
Yes, I love smoothies. They keep me really full until lunch time, they give me a lot of energy in the morning, and, because I'm obsessed with green smoothies, they give me all the benefits of dark leafy greens! I also love straws. Maybe it's a leftover from my childhood. I had stopped using them for the most part because they are made of plastic...and you just throw them away. However, when we moved this summer, our new roommate had a ton of straws in this cute little container. I couldn't resist and started using them again. Bad Rachel. The solution? I used my birthday amazon gift card to buy these cool, reusable, stainless steel straws! It really is the little things guys.
4. Coffee, Coffee, and more Coffee!
|My morning and afternoon pick-me-ups.|
5. Get on My Bike and Ride!
|The Silver Fox (my bike)!|
Biking is also a great choice when it comes to ecological thinking. Each week, by biking to work I keep 0.01 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere (based on this carbon footprint calculator). That might not seem like a lot, but it adds up over time! That means each year, just by biking to work and no other destinations, I can stop 0.56 metric tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere! That's a lot, all thanks to little ol' me. I know biking to work isn't reasonable for everyone, but surly there is one location you visit at least once a week where you could bike instead of drive? Maybe you can make a little extra effort and start a carpool to get to work? Get creative!
Last Word: I get really sad when when people start talking about their feelings of helplessness when it comes to the environment That little voice in our head that says "What I do doesn't really make that much of a difference" can be really discouraging. Unfortunately, in some ways, that is true. We need a real societal shift in order to get our world back on track. But where do societal shifts start? That's right, with individuals. Like me. Like you. We really can do this! These "5 weird things" were changes to my life originally, and changes require activation energy, but once I overcame inertia and just did it, I don't even think about these things anymore. They are just...my life. Pick one, or two, or more and give them a try. To quote Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, don't nothing just because you can't do everything.
What do you think? Are there things you do on the daily that others think are strange? Share them with me, I would love to give them a try or talk about why you choose these actions.