Label me how you will: a “tree-hugger,” “a hippie,” a “peace-loving-granola,” but I doubt anyone woke up with quite the same eager anticipation as me for the start of the “Teens Turning Green Project Green Challenge.” Five am - before my cuppa joe - I check my email and there it is! My first of 31 challenges that force the shift from “conventional” to “conscious.”
Don’t get me wrong, I try to practice what I preach. After all, I do work in the Office of Sustainability at Marymount where I spend my days writing manuals on green living. And I feel it’s my moral obligation to observe “Meat-Free Mondays” and take short showers, but I know I’m far from perfect. Thus, anything that stretches me to deeper levels of “green” is something to be psyched about!
Today’s challenge was definitely a stretch: it asked you to take a look at your everyday hygiene products and to think about the chemicals in them and what they might be doing to your skin, the body’s largest organ. Honestly, I had avoided thinking about the fancy organic crème section of Whole Foods, assuming that they just wouldn’t fit into my “starving student” budget. I continued buying my name brand moisturizer, blissfully unaware that it’s moderately toxic, with the potential to cause changes in my DNA and disrupt my endocrine system. YIKES! I had to face the facts about my entire shelf of cosmetics. I found many of the products I use every day on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep website. On the verge of despair, I talked to the greenest lady I know, who helped me find reasonably priced-products to replace the offenders. My eyes opened to the wonders of many fantastic products. I constructed a board on Pinterest to chronicle the products that will ultimately be taking over my shelf, so do feel free to take a look!