My friend Leah Segedie, founder of Mamavation, wrote a book that just came out. It’s called Green Enough, and I’m learning a ton from it. Leah goes room and room in your home, and discusses the products and packaging that may be harming you and your kids. She does it all bluntly, and straightforwardly. She doesn’t mess around, and she names the names of companies she sees as the worst offenders.
But maybe the best part is that the book doesn’t stress me out — even though there’s a ton that I could doing better to make my home truly “green” and chemically safe. Throughout the book, Leah constantly reminds the reader to chill out, take small steps, and not worry if it takes time to make changes. And she gets that this whole thing has to be discussed on a sliding scale — sure product Y isn’t ideal, but it’s way better than product Z… We just have to do the best we can.
There have been several surprises for me in the book — like reusing the empty sour cream container for leftovers, which seems like such an earth-friendly thing to do, can be really harmful chemically to our bodies. Trying to do the “right” thing inevitably ends up being more complicated than I originally think it will be. : )
As I’ve been reading, I got curious: Where are you on this topic these days? How green is “green enough” in your mind? Is this an important topic for you? Or something you feel chill about? Can you think of specific efforts you’ve made over the last few years to make your home chemically safer? Maybe you’re sick of talking about it, or feel overwhelmed by the whole thing? Have you reached your maximum bandwidth on this kind of change? Like maybe you’re careful to bring reusable grocery bags when you shop, and you buy organic when you can, but that kind of maxes you out and you don’t want to think about it anymore?
I find I can feel discouraged by the topic as a whole, but at the same time don’t mind diving deep on one particular sub-topic. For example, one of the topics in the book that is grabbing my attention most is about hormone disrupting chemicals, and how they can wreak havoc on our teenage daughters, and cause future fertility problems in our sons. I can see myself reading a bunch on this topic and then and feeling compelled to make changes.
What about you? Is there one particular green-topic you’re focused on these days? Maybe green beauty? Or farming practices and pesticides? Or building materials? I’d love to hear.