December 16th, 2016

Kick Off the New Year With Safer Products

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As a green living advocate, the most frequent question I receive from someone looking for safer products is “where do I begin?” As simple as this may sound, the answer isn’t always easy. Much of the response depends upon what the person is hoping to achieve. Do they want safer products for their new infant? For their teens? For themselves? After digging deeper, I’m generally able to come up with a plan of attack that’s manageable, and not too overwhelming.

If you’re wondering when to begin, the new year is a perfect time to kickoff adding safer personal care products to your stash. Rather than creating a New Year’s resolution that we’re sure to dump by mid-January we can choose to focus on something meaningful like our health and the health of our loved ones.

Why not focus on kicking off the new year with a commitment to using safer products? Here’s how to do it.

Start by picking one product that you use on a daily basis. Shampoo, toothpaste, conditioner or deodorant are all good starting points. Educate yourself and spend some time finding a safer alternative. The trick is not to overwhelm yourself by starting off replacing everything at once. My motto is: small, simple changes can have a big impact.

A safer product suggestion

I’m going to help you get started by offering a suggestion for an easy swap. Tom’s of Maine has one of my favorite kinds of toothpaste on the market, Tom’s of Maine Botanically Fresh™ Toothpaste. Most conventional toothpaste contains all sorts of nasty ingredients. After studying the ingredient list for this toothpaste, I liked what I saw. I love how Tom’s of Maine is completely transparent when it comes to the ingredients in their products. They always share as much detail as possible including each ingredient, its purpose, and its source.

Although not all Tom’s of Maine toothpaste is fluoride free, Tom’s of Maine Botanically Fresh™ Toothpaste is. It’s also free from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). As the new year rapidly approached make a commitment to swap out one of your personal care products for a safer alternative. I know you can do it!

If you were going to swap out one personal care product for a safer alternative what would it be? 

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7 Responses to “Kick Off the New Year With Safer Products”

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  2. The first thing that I would change in the New Year is the food we take in my family. Usually, we love to eat on fast foods, instant cooked foods such as noodles, canned goods, etc. This New Year, I want to be fit and healthy through eating organic foods such as fruits and vegetables. I think I need some food list or menu every week to follow in order to make sure that I am on my way to a healthy life. Thanks here for a great encouraging post. Surely, this will be the new beginning of our life. Happy Holidays to you and to all your readers here!


  3. Great advice, Lori! I agree that choosing an item that’s used often is a good place to start, after all, it took us years to accumulate products so we can’t expect to swap everything overnight (even when we soooo want too)!
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  4. Thanks Sara! It’s so tempting to dump everything and start fresh, but that’s not practical. Starting slow worked well for me.

  5. Happy 14th day into the New Year Lori! I wanted to know what is your take on this All-Clad cookware set???? 10-Piece Non-Stick Cookware Set by All-Clad???
    I’ve recently came across the California Preposition 65 site because I was looking to buy a multiple measuring teaspoon set. Well low and behold, That site came up under most of the measuring set stating that they contained a form of cancer causing agent when the spoons were manufactured!!! 🙁 Got me thinking, especially going green, not just for myself, but for my dogs too. I cook their meals and I don’t want toxins in their food, nor on my table for the new year! Out with the old and in with the NEW:) So I wanted your GREEN OPINION for this style made cookware set. I’d LOVE to know your opinion???
    BTW, My sister’s name is Lorry too. That’s the way we spell it.

  6. make a commitment to keep it simple. less is more. just get the good, 100% natural healthy basics…check out Akamai. you don’t need a lot to get clean and healthy teeth, skin and hair. ditch the toxins.

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