Small Changes We Can Make Today that Leave a BIG Impact
I was listening to a debate on Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2 about the merits of using good old fashioned bars of soap versus the convenience and more hygienic pump action liquid variety and I was hooked. Who would have thought that a simple choice of what type of soap to use could have such huge implications and it got me thinking about the bigger picture.
I, like many, swopped years ago to the benefits of pump action liquid soap without a second thought. At the time no-one was even thinking about your eco-footprint and the damage to our environment.
With each advance in the seeming small world of cleansing I was right there - micro beads, palm oil, wipes, pads, plastic containers…. A few decades later and it’s a very different picture and these so-called advances have proved extremely harmful to our natural environment clogging up our oceans, rivers, sewers, drains and landfill sites not to mention the cost to our bank balances.
Good old fashioned soap* wrapped in eco packaging and a clean flannel is cheaper, better for us and our planet - not such a difficult choice after all.
So if we think outside the soap box how many little choices can make a big difference?
Should we all take a little time to review what we use and how we use it both in our homes and on ourselves?
Don’t get me wrong I am all for enhancement and I am a marketing persons dream - you can basically sell anything to me if you promise revitalised smooth skin and a shiny clean home. When I open up cupboards in my kitchen and bathroom they are full of half used jars, tubes, bottles of the latest miracle beauty product, cleansing aid. My dressing table drawers are bursting at the seams with make-up and skincare that’s barely been used and is often out of date. I need a personal spring clean!!
Tomorrow (or the next day) armed with a big black bin liner I am ruthlessly going to chuck out everything I am not currently using. I am then going to do a little research on whether I can buy eco alternatives that will work.
And the next time an ad appeals to the more gullible me I am going to take a breath and ask myself these questions - Do I really need it? What will it actually do for me? What is this products eco footprint? I am not an eco-warrior by any means but I am prepared to ask myself the question and change my consumer habits where possible - after all every little helps.
*Soap not to contain palm oil