One of my gorgeous and loyal readers, Bea, sent me these musings the other day via email and I immediately thought this needs to be a blog post! So, here you are! What do you think? Do you agree with Bea?
DO WE HAVE THE RIGHT??
I was chatting to a hairdresser today, thinking about getting some foils. I was explaining to her that I have been chemical-free for a couple of years now, to the point where I can’t even walk down the laundry aisle at the supermarket without getting sick/headachey, so thought that foils would be the best way to get some colour into my hair without too much chemical. She was amazed, and said, “Oh wow, I must just be so used to it, working with chemicals all day.”
I was lost for words. I couldn’t criticise, nor empathise seeing as I had been chemical free for so long, nor to the fact that here I was, sitting in a chair having a consult about chemicals.
Her words haven’t left me for the rest of today, nor have those of others who have been affected by Multiple Chemical Sensitivity that I have known over the years, and the many many issues that I have learnt about that have also erupted over the years, and I am left thinking, “Do we really have the right?”
“The right to what? What are you talking about?” I hear you say.
I’m referring to the right to create and support industries that require people, people that are our husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, relatives, and later on, our children, to be in constant contact or close proximity to countless, toxic chemicals. Our hairdressers, our truck/tanker drivers, our chemists, our servo attendants, mechanics, our miners, supermarket packers, cleaners, factory workers, our farmers – every single person that needlessly has to endure exposure, all because as consumers, we demand and expect products we don’t even need, with ingredients most of us can’t even pronounce, much less know where they come from and the processes needed to create even a single ingredient.
And for what?
To satisfy GENERATED demand by those convincing us, consumers, to buy stuff we don’t need, to fill a hole that isn’t there. There is something seriously wrong when we rarely stop to consider how a product was even created, and why it was created in the first place. Who benefits from it? What was used to get it here? If we each look around our homes, and think about both what we would save if there was a fire, and also about the things we have thrown away in our lifetime – what would it say about us, as a society, as a person even?
There are solutions.
The bigger question to all of this is, are you willing to be part of the change? Change that sees us reducing or even eliminating toxic chemicals from our lives? Our children’s lives, the environment?
The fact is, we have a bigger, and better right. The right to demand to know how, where and why products are made, and whether they are genuinely organic, sustainable and environmentally friendly. The right to expect packaging that is reasonable in amount, recyclable and earth-friendly. To be able to read labels without gigantic scientific names, or to be tricked by marketing into thinking that something is better than it really is. To expect our food to be grown the original, safer way – locally, chemical free and working WITH the environment rather than against it.
There are so many things we can all do, from little things like switching out toxic products for organic ones, or making your own, to help end the ban on helpful crops such a hemp. (Don’t be fooled by propaganda, do your own research why it is *really* banned) There are a plethora of recipes from everything like washing powder/detergent to mascara to make, and tons of different products like make up, shampoo/conditioners, to organic foods and sustainable fibres such as hemp and bamboo, that are making an emergence into the market, that need your support. Farmer’s markets, markets in general, and online stores have amazing local produce and all sorts of items lovingly made.
If we all start to make even small changes to the way we buy/shop, and start demanding better, sustainable and organic products that are not limited to planned obsolescence, then we all win – the economy, the environment, and ultimately, us.
I am a single mum of one that is passionate about clean living and eating, along with many related issues such as the legalisation of hemp, keeping alive many “old-fashioned” things such as home remedies and talking to as many people as I can about my passions to encourage others to dig deeper about what is going on with our food, and society in general. I enjoy many arts and crafts and my biggest dream is to see sustainable, close-to-nature family-centred living a reality in our lifetime.