A Year in Review – Day 29
In October I tried out Eco Mama style — an attempt to wear all organic, fair trade and cage free clothing. I thought I lived a pretty healthy lifestyle before I tried out Eco Mama. After all, I live in Northern California and it’s kind of the law here. Also, my oldest son, Buck, is gluten free, so for years now we’ve been slowly saying good-bye to all the delicious wheat products that make life worth living. And, whenever possible, we try to eat organic. One of the first things my youngest son, August, said to a waitress was, “Is this orgluten?” He’d heard the words organic and gluten so many times in his little life that he just blended them into one super word.
But Eco-Mama style shined a huge light on all that I have been doing and more importantly, all that I haven’t. Things like, Why am I drinking coffee and shoving cookies down my throat all day? Sure, they’re organic, but does that mean they’re healthy? How about trying to eat a vegetable every now and again? And why am I still using Secret antiperspirant? Sweating is our body’s way of releasing toxins. Do I love my toxins so much that I just can’t let go of them? Or maybe somewhere along the way of my life I believed some piece of advertising that said, sweat on a woman is gross…
And I know “cheap chic” is great on the wallet, but why is it that clothes are so inexpensive these days? Where are they coming from? What sad person is being forced to make them? And what kinds of chemicals are being put on the clothes that I’m wearing on my body all day? Chemicals that then get dumped into waterways and harm animals and nature and uh, EVERYTHING!
So Eco Mama isn’t just a style, it’s a lifestyle. The clothes themselves are kind of simple and easy, but very heavy… just put them on and suddenly you have the weight of the world on your shoulders.
I discovered that ignorance is bliss when it comes to retail, but out of all my styles this year, I am the most grateful to Eco Mama. It changed me the most. I became a conscious consumer. I know now that I have the power to help the world around me just by what I choose not to purchase.
Like jeans, for example. I had no idea how bad jeans are for the environment so I made the rash decision to never buy a pair of new jeans again. After all, aren’t there enough used jeans in the world for all of us? I was afraid the answer to this question would be, Yes, there are enough used jeans for all of us, but they’re all skanky and disgusting and stuffed in a big, smelly bin at Goodwill.
So I went to Goodwill to see if my fears were true and I’d be stuck in a pair of stone-washed Wranglers for the rest of my life — and after about five minutes of searching I found a pair of awesome Vera Wang jeans in my size for four dollars. I’m not kidding.
Now when I wear my Vera Wang jeans I’m happy on so many levels. My Vera Wang jeans make me feel empowered. My Vera Wang jeans not only saved me money, but they’re saving polar bears too.
It always feels better to know stuff — even if it’s stuff you’re wincing while you’re reading about it. As Gloria Steinem said, “The truth will set you free — but first it’s going to really piss you off.”
I totally agree.
Oh, and use coconut oil on everything. Drink it. Eat it. Rinse your mouth with it. Wash your face with it. Slather it all over your body. It’s nature’s magic wonder ball.