Friday, March 21, 2008

I'm an Ecoholic.

I've been reading this book for a couple of days and I highly recommend it. I borrowed the book from the library but I am actually considering getting my own copy. It's a great reference book. If you haven't yet become aware of the many environmental issues surrounding our daily lives as well as the impact it has to our health - I suggest you have a peek into this book by Canadian writer Adria Vasil.

This book is chock full of tips and suggestions on alternative products that replace the harsh chemical based and environmentally destructive ones, found on the shelves of our local drug stores and supermarkets.

From cosmetics (my weakness) to household cleaners (I use vinegar to mop my floors) to food and clothing and everything in-between. This book addresses ways to make the switch from using for instance, an antiperspirant that is full of cancer-causing chemicals to an alternative and safer deodorant from 'Green Beaver Company' (a Canadian company, naturally).

Case in point, for the past 6 months I had been using a roll-on deodorant that clearly stated "No Aluminum Chlorohydrate" right on the cap. This week I made the switch to a deodorant from 'Green Beaver Company' when I discovered (by reading 'Ecoholic') that my regular deodorant's ingredients (listed right on the package in uber tiny font), actually contained formaldehyde. Yup, that's right - a cancer causing agent, that I was strategically applying to my armpits day after day, right next to my lymph nodes. Disgusting and scary!

So basically, the villain deodorant is from a company that makes OMBRA bath and hygiene products. They were touting their products as being "alternative" by removing the agent that is known for causing Alzheimer's - yet they added a slew of other harmful agents thus creating a misleading product for people concerned about what they put on their skin.

If you are ready to stop supporting companies that only care about making millions by selling their toxic chemical laden products, get your hands on a copy of this book.

Even if you only make one change in your daily regime, it's a positive change that will help you and the environment around you.

Disclaimer: I do not work for the 'Green Beaver Company' nor am I related to Adria Vasil. I am not pitching these products for any other reason other than to talk about my health and yours.


Laurie Constantino said...

This sounds like a great book and exactly like the type of tips from which we'd all benefit. Glad to know about it, thanks. Now if we could just bring recycling to the island...or at least convince people to stop littering.

Bijoux said...

Laurie - You can probably order the book on Amazon. Mine is overdue as I have yet to return it to the library. I will be buying my own issue soon. I have already begun to apply some of the suggestions in the book to my daily routine.

As for "the" island - I think that generally in Greece the issue around garbage is a cultural one...if it isn't in "my" yard then who cares about the street or the neighbourhood being littered with garbage. My mother will be going to the island this summer and hasn't been there in 4 years. She is already preparing for the worst case scenario as the locals have a tendency to throw their garbage into our mom is already polishing her brass knuckles for the confrontation...LOL...just kidding- sort of :)

kickpleat said...

formaldehyde? yikes!! so how has your experience with green beaver been? i'm so afraid to try new deodorants but i'm always sweaty :)

Bijoux said...

kickpleat - the deodorant from Green Beaver is pretty good! The one I'm using now (they offer various strengths and fragrances) is a 24-hour brand "Sport with extra protection" BUT I have found that its strength begins to deteriorate after a few hours of excessive sweating (like stressful days at the office, where I'm running around a lot). So, I think that for cold winter months it is fine but for hot, muggy summer months I might need to carry the product around with me and re-apply it as needed.
Of course, perspiration varies from person to person. Also, the climate in Vancouver is different than it is in T.O. so you might find you need a lighter formula with less protection for your B.C. summers. Anyhow, I say go for it :)