While good-old Kermit the Frog bemoans that “It isn’t easy being green,” it isn’t as hard as it once was. When I first started thinking about using more organic products in my house, I felt very “granola.” The products were not readily available, and frankly they were expensive. A lot has changed in the past five years, and now even major grocery chains carry organic products. Unfortunately, these products are still at a premium, but the difference is fast becoming marginal as the consumer demand to go organic feeds the development of more organic products.
From the obvious, food and organic skin care products, to the not-so-obvious household chemicals and bug repellents every few months my family incorporates another organic product into our lives that we won’t be giving up any time soon. And I for one think it is a good thing.
Pregnancy has a funny way of putting the green movement and organic products back into high importance (at least for this mom to be), and I find myself again reading the labels of products I bring into our home even more carefully again. (It is almost like I got more lax with things as my daughter got older and became exposed to more things outside the home. And she’s only 3!)
Even though I am a proud child of the 80s, I blame much of our dependence on chemicals and chemical fillers on the 80s. It is almost as if the flower children grew up to be lazy and decided everything should be man-made and convenient. While I am no hippy, I am happy the pendulum is continuing its swing toward green and nature-made — like beehive products.
We drink organic milk, eat organic eggs and fruit. I use organic and/or naturally made beauty products. And I clean with simple vinegar and water. I am not changing the world overnight, but together the children of the 80s can make up for the chemical insertion into our society one day at a time. (Even if I have no talent for growing my own fruits and veggies.)