April 6, 2010

 Environment is an Extension of Us

Healthy Soul-utions is all about being healthy in all areas. This month there is a great focus on planet earth with Earth Day in a few weeks.

Throughout my experience in the health field, I have seen it over and over again, that when we try to heal in just one area, it is not a total healing.

Everything is interconnected. So our environment is really an extension of us. What we do to the planet, we do to ourselves.

The next few blogs will be a few reminders of becoming conscious with our buying habits.

Here are 7 questions to ask when considering purchasing a product or material for your home or business.

1.  Apply life-cycle thinking
(think in a way that includes our future generations).

This includes:

  • Does the product contain toxic materials?
  • Where do the raw materials come from and where is the product manufactured?
  • How much energy is used to extract and ship components or parts of a product?
  • How much energy, water and resources are used to create and package the product?
  • How can it be disposed of or recycled at the end of its useful life?
  • Are there any environmental or health impacts of its use?

2.  Do you even need to purchase the product new?

Sometimes a used item is just as good.

3.  Exactly how much of it do you need?

Don’t buy more than you need; this wastes money and resources. Are you paying to have water shipped to you, meaning is the product concentrated?

4.  What type of packaging does it come in?

Environmentally-conscious companies are doing all sorts of creative things to green their packaging. This addresses the materials that packaging is made from, as well as the amount of it.

5.  Is the product well-designed for its intended purpose?

Often, cheaply made goods fall apart and are thrown away within 3 months of purchase. Think about our already full land fill sites.

6.  Does the use of this product require special ventilation?

If so, don’t buy it! There are plenty of alternatives for no-VOC cleaning products, paints, and adhesives. Check out the Get Clean products for instance. Not only are they safe for you, your home or workplace and the planet, they also save you thousands of dollars.

7.  Labor Practices.

Depending on how far you want to take it, ask about labor practices. Does the manufacturer pay a living wage?  Do they give their employees benefits, and do they have a diverse workforce? Do they contribute to their community? Does the company offset the carbon emissions? Are they climate neutral? The social aspects of sustainability/green are sometimes overlooked, but have huge potential payoffs.

Visit www.naturesvitalforce.com for more information. Next week I will cover some more ways we can protect the planet.

To your health!

Charlene

About the author 

Charlene

I’m a Canadian, gluten-free, tai chi loving, great-grandmother. I live in Ontario and love helping people get healthy again.   I use all the experience I have gained in the almost 5 decades to help you live a life full of vitality with great clarity and focus.

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