Redefining Clean

*Photo Credit: Vierdrie

I just read an article on the great debate on phosphate free dish detergent on the Mother Nature Network. Phosphate detergents which leave sparkling clean dishes have been banned in a few states and it’s catching speed. While the article was fairly unbiased the comments were furious to down right spiteful.

Phosphates get into our water supplies, lakes, and rivers. Unfortunately they contribute to algae blooms with suffocate fish, basically chocking eco systems.

The reason people are so angry is that these products are apparently not working as they should. The main anger coming from people with dishwashers. White films, rings, unacceptable residue. Although many people said they experienced no problems when hand washing or soaking before washing. One person took the chance to snap at the commentor who preferred hand washing:

“Yeah, well maybe you should get rid of the clothes washer too since you have so much free time at home.”

I’ve never seen such spite in the organic and environmentally friendly community. Anyone who has done any research knows that it’s the hot water that’s the main ingredient for clean. There are also many DIY options for dish detergent that are safe and even cheaper.

It’s kind of depressing that we’ve been tricked into thinking only chemicals will do. Tricked into thinking that only if something is brilliantly bright or sparkling it is clean. We’ve become spoiled.

And while having the perfect dishes from the dishwasher would be nice, I’d rather protect my health and the environment until companies can do better.


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Eco Friendly Shower

*Picture by Alex France

With summer almost upon us we will be sweating more and will be spending more time showering. But it’s no secret that showers can be a huge water waster. Here are some tips on making your shower a little more eco friendly.

The 5 Minute Shower
You can start by cutting down the time you spend in the shower. Preferably down to 5 minutes. That should be enough time to get what you want done, done.

I personally know the joys of long showers, the time to think, pampering yourself, but it’s definitely not worth all that wasted water! Use the extra time out of the shower meditating or pampering yourself in other ways.

Shower with a Bucket
When you take a shower consider taking a bucket in with you.
With the water that falls into the bucket able to do double duty!
This water can be used to flush the toilet or even water your garden.
Make sure you aren’t using chemical laden soap products which is a good idea even if you aren’t using the bucket.

Shower Less
Okay I know this one may seem a little gross but you can still stay fresh without jumping in the shower. Consider using dry shampoo or baking soda (surprise) to prevent your hair from getting too oily. If you are sweating too much consider using baby wipes, and then a spritz of essential oil to keep you smelling and feeling great.

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Public Transportation: The Unexpected Benefit

*Image Credit: Honraeglor

It’s no secret that cars are ruining the environment. Carbon emissions, oil run off, even the lengths we go to for oil are all making a mess of the environment as we know it. Although we are encouraged to bike or use public transportation like buses and subways, we end up using cars anyways due to efficiency.

For me, without a car of my own I am forced to rely on buses, subways, and trains to get me everywhere. I don’t have to pay for gas or insurance, or the fees to fix a car, just transit tokens and tickets.

Despite the constant improvement to public transportation, the biggest drawback is still time. The amount of time waiting for the next bus or train. Even the time transferring between buses or just plain getting from point a to point b.

Living in the suburbs of Toronto getting to school or my internship will take approximately 2 hours one way. There and back being 4 hours a day. Going to work nearby is still 1 hour.

And while most people can read and write on the bus, I get motion sickness and it leads to an unproductive hour or two. But is it really so bad?

It’s the only two hours in the day I have to myself. I can listen to music and sit and do nothing. Completely unplugged from everything I find time to sort my thoughts, come up with ideas, and in a way, relax.

Sometimes when I don’t have to take public transportation for a while, I definitely miss my private time. I become more agitated then usual.

In a world where I’m constantly moving maybe 4 hours of rest and reflection isn’t such a bad idea?