My natural 2011 resolution
The year 2010 taught me a lot, now it’s time to put everything to practice.
Deciding to have a new year resolution is a commitment for me, and finding out how this tradition was born gave me just that little push I needed.
Now I’m committed.
Everything built slowly during the whole of 2010: for work reasons I had the chance to meet great people (like David Suzuki and His Holiness the Dalai Lama) living experience that really changed me. Coming back home I promised myself to treasure those life lessons and do my best in my everyday life.
The environment is of course the main priority as I learned it’s connected to the world’s main problems.
I have always paid attention to small things like turning the light off, saving water, and recycling. I also have a pretty good diet, rich of fruits and veggies, organic products and not too much meat, and I switched to green products like laundry soap, dishes soap and other cleaning products.
Now I’m ready to take the next step.
Knowing that I am not ready to become vegetarian (and honestly I don’t know if I’d ever be one), I set up a realistic goal for 2011: to use ONLY natural body care products.
When I say natural I mean:
- not tested on animals (read the companies that test on animals) ;
- without any chemicals;
- made with 100% vegetarian ingredients
- body soap
- body lotion
- face moisturizer
- hands lotion
- make up: foundation, mascara, lipstick, blusher, lip liner, eye pencil,
- make up remover
- nail polish
- nail polish remover
- hair removal
- lip balm
The reason that drove me to commit myself to this 2011 resolution is simple:
U.S. researchers identified 10,500 industrial chemicals used as cosmetic ingredients, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxics, endocrine disruptors, plasticizers, degreasers and surfactants (From David Suzuki Foundation web site. Read more)
Nearly 90 percent of the 10,500 ingredients FDA has determined are used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by the CIR, the FDA, or any other publicly accountable institution (From cosmeticsdatabase.com)
In fact, when we think about pollution, what do we think about? Probably not body care products, but some of the chemicals found in these products are not pretty at all. (Download here the David Suzuki Foundation report)
I spent the last four months trying to get rid of all the products I have at home – even if I know it wouldn’t be a big lost, I just didn’t feel to trash everything – and I did not purchase from companies that test on animals or products that contain chemicals, or animals ingredients.
Now that 2011 is at the door, and I will use only natural body care products. Whole Food and other small organic stores will become my sanctuary (even more if possible) and I won’t pay attention to sparkling commercial. I will still be beautiful, even more, without makeup tested on animals.
I will be also sharing with you some great natural recipes to make you own body care products that I found in the last few month, getting ready for this new year resolution, and I will be making them with you (some of them are really great and I know you do not want to miss them! You should subscribe to my blog just for them!)
I’m committed. Who is in?