As a child, I became quite obsessed with protecting the environment. My school folders were covered in stickers declaring things like, 'Save the Earth!' and 'Recycle, Reduce, Reuse!', and I found myself writing school paper after school paper on ways to protect the environment, save the animals, increase our social responsibility. Perhaps, it started with my love of Captain Planet, but whatever it was it was most certainly something I was passionate about at a young age. As I got older, I always remained somewhat eco-conscious, but the somewhat militant attitude certainly died down tremendously. When I became a mother, I again began taking a look at ways to live more naturally and create a better environment for my kids. It seems with each passing year, I have become more and more aware of the chemicals we are surrounding ourselves with- the products we use in our household through cleaners, medications and even beauty supplies. In the last year or so, my family finally said enough is enough and have really made the effort to do what we can to make our home more earth friendly. With Earth Day quickly approaching, many more of us are taking this opportunity to take a look at our own lives and evaluating the measures we take to live a more natural and healthy lifestyle. Perhaps one of the first steps we can take is switching out all of our chemical heavy products with products that are better for the environment and free of harmful ingredients, so I took a quick trip down the road to our local Walgreens store to stock up on some great products from their Ology collection.
So, what makes Ology such a great choice for my healthy home? First up, it's convenience, availability and affordability. One issue that we so often can come across with more eco-friendly cleaners is that they can be difficult to find...especially when you live in a small town without specialty health food/natural eating stores. As moms, we don't have time to search the earth and sea just to find the products we need, we need something that is readily available. Ology products can be found exclusively at your local Walgreens store, no need to travel anywhere special. Ology offers a wide variety of products as well- cleaning and laundry, health and beauty, paper products...even baby and light bulbs!! You can truly find everything you need in one quick trip. They are also quite affordable compared to their other natural cleaning counterparts so you can feel better about the products you are using, WITHOUT breaking the bank. All Ology products are free of ten harmful ingredients: Ammonia, Chlorine bleach, DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), Parabens, Phthalates, Formaldehyde, Nonylphenol ethoxylates, Triclosan, SLS, SLES. They also do not contain any artificial dyes or fragrances. They are also free of animal byproducts and do not test on animals. As a mom, I also love that they are endorsed by Healthy Child Healthy World, an organization dedicated to creating healthy environments for children. The goal is to leave behind a better world for our children and even grandchildren. Let's take a better look at some of the many specific products Ology has to offer and how they fit into our goal to lead a healthier, more earth friendly lifestyle: Laundry & Cleaning
As a mom, I feel as though I am always doing laundry! Kids are messy and stains are an inevitable part of life. I want a laundry product that will work well for my daughter's sensitive skin, but still provide a great clean. Ology Laundry Detergent is gentle on clothes and skin, and still does a great job getting them clean. And it's cloth diaper friendly! This is great for me because it means I can use ONE detergent for ALL of our laundry needs. I feel the true test of the cleaning power of any detergent is how well they clean dirty diaper laundry...afterall, it's probably the messiest laundry in our household for sure! I am happy to say my daughter's came out smelling great and completely stain free! The Spring Lavender and Vanilla scent is also great for kids clothes for that little extra calming power! For all the other messes kids tend to leave behind, the All-Purpose Cleaner does a wonderful job. Like all Ology cleaning products, this all purpose spray gets a boost from plant based cleaning power rather than harmful chemicals. It easily cuts through grease and grime without the harsh solvents or ammonia. From laundry to dishes to windows and everything in between, Ology cleaning products offer a great clean that I can feel confident about being safer for my children! Personal CareTo be honest, when I first starting making the switch to more chemical-free options in our home, I didn't give our personal care products quite so much thought. After all, these were items made to go on our skin, they could not be THAT harmful, right? Wrong! After my daughter was born and we discovered she had extremely sensitive skin, I was forced to take a better look at the ingredients within our mainstream products. They didn't have all the crazy warning labels as our household cleaners had, but they certainly had just as many unknown and unnatural ingredients. So, we have put in the effort to detoxify our beauty routines as well. Ology skin and hair products give that gentle nourishment we need to feel naturally beautiful, without the addition of harmful chemicals, parabens or sulfates. I most love the White Pear & Cucumber Shampoo and Conditioner, as I've found reasonably priced, chemical-free hair care to be among the hardest to find!
Okay, so paper products many not be as riddled with chemicals as our cleaning and personal care products can be, but they are still not the most earth-friendly option...all this disposable product just ends up straight in the garbage. Sure, there are reuseable options for most paper products, but let's just be honest here some of them are just not ideal. As much as I want to create a healthier, more earth-friendly home for my family, the idea of cleaning reuseable toilet paper from myself or my husband...just not my cup of tea. More power to those that can, but I- like many- simply cannot. But with Ology paper products like paper towels, bath and facial tissue, I can still use more natural products while still having the convenience of disposable. Their paper products are 100% Tree Free! Instead they are created from readily renewable sugar husks that would have been disposed of anyway, as well as quick-growing bamboo. Unlike trees, this bamboo regenerates in as little as six months making it a much more environmentally friendly option. They are also super absorbent, soft and strong...and the toilet paper is still septic safe and biodegradable.
What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day? What changes have you or will you make to leave behind a better world for our children and grandchildren? Which Ology products would make the greatest impact on your healthy home?
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