We can all close our eyes and imagine what the world could be like before the industrial revolution; roads were rock and dirt for we used animals for transportation, the skies were clearer for only occasional forest fires polluted the air, cities would not exist as they do for the land was worked to produce food, fiber for cloth, plants for cleaning products and medicines to heal ourselves. Our plants were grown without harsh chemicals because we used the techniques that our ancestors passed down, having learnt from hundreds of years of experience. We wanted what we had and had what we needed..
Having read about the environmental disasters, health problems and psychological dependencies linked to the new adapted lifestyles of humans, one may feel overwhelmed and insignificant in changing the way we live in our world. We are only one person and how can we truly change anything all alone?
It is sure that not all of us are willing nor capable to dedicate our lives to activism through protest and demonstration to radically change laws that protect our environments, how our foods and various products are made and the peoples that are affected by these productions. In fact, for many of us this is not the best way to express our desire to be told the truth about what we are using to clean, entertain, feed and heal ourselves… so what to do on an individual basis?
Our first step is educating ourselves. By reading the labels of what we are used to buying we are becoming responsible for what it is that goes in, on or around our bodies, as well as what markets we are supporting. Some questions we may want to ask ourselves are:
-What are the ingredients? Are there things I can’t pronounce or don’t recognize as natural?
– After looking them up on the internet or in books, how do these mystery ingredients affect our bodies?
– Where was this product made? Was it made locally, or did it have to travel a long way to get to us?
– Environmentally, what affect do they have when they are washed down our drains and into our water supplies, lakes and rivers?
If one wished to go further with research, we can ask ourselves how the products are made, and what environmental and chemical processes do we go through in order to extract and formulate the components to make the ingredients?
Next step is trying to find alternatives to whatever products we need instead of those that are toxic for the planet and the bodies of ourselves and loved ones. By looking up different companies that provide products and that are naturally made and biodegrade harmoniously with the planet we are finding solutions to toxic consumption.
Finally, we conclude our ethical and healthy choice making by choosing to purchase things that are environmentally friendly by buying local, organic, and equitable products. We can take this one step further by deciding to boycott certain companies that choose unharmonious ways to create their products in order to broaden their markets and make the most money, and look up which companies are making efforts to be more holistic.
It is sure that buying all organic and equitable products may be hard on some people’s budgets, but choosing one eco-friendly product here and there, taking the bus instead of the car, or simply asking ourselves if we truly need one more scarf or pair of sunglasses, are small yet direct ways to reduce our consumption.
Other great ways to express our view on sustainable, harmonious living include:
-Starting a simple kitchen garden; Organic, fun and as local as it gets!
– Trying to fix our possessions when they are broken instead of replacing them right away. We can also spend a little bit more to buy products that are better quality and will last us longer than a cheaper option.
-Finding ways to make our own eco-friendly cleaning and hygiene products (using Soap nuts and various other plants that biodregrade well and aren’t harmful on our bodies)
And of course, remembering that we are all one; every choice we make affects the world that in turn affects us… positive thought and meditation on such reminds us that the Earth is our mother and as we take from her, so we should return to her!
Namaste, and may we all find love and peace through balance and harmony on this day of planetary and spiritual alignment!
For more information on your own ecological footprint, visit:
or any other such website.
link to our guide on becoming a conscious consumer
link to our article on the debate on whether organic farming can feed the world