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?