Did you know that something as simple as burning a candle could be unsustainable? Many candles are made of low quality paraffin wax, a petroleum by-product created from sludge waste when crude oil is refined into gasoline. Not to mention that we unknowingly buy candles with lead core wicks. And then we light them in our homes and breathe in the fumes. Not cool. (More on candle alternatives later.)
We are apart of a generation who is largely focused on materialism and, therefore, commercialism. We fail to understand how products can be detrimental to our health and environment because we do not see the full scale impact of the manufacturing process. I am personally trying to learn about the potential hazards of using petroleum based products because essentially everything manufactured derives from it. It is ridiculous! Look at the chart below. It shows many finished products and consumer goods such as textiles, safe food supplies, transportation, recreational gear, communication equipment, and health and hygiene products that contain petroleum.
There has to be a better solution than using a non-renewable resource for virtually everything we do to survive and more.
If you don’t know by now, I am in a fierce pursuit to lead a higher quality lifestyle. I want my children’s grandchildren’s children and beyond to be able to exist with skills and knowledge to survive using the simplest of RENEWABLE resources. Eventually, we will run out of fossil fuels that take millions upon millions of years to recreate. We cannot depend on them to sustain us, so it is important to start reducing our consumption and dependence and looking into greener initiatives now. I also want to avoid the potential health consequences that come from using petroleum based products, especially in regards to cosmetics and skin care products. Read my concerns about the difficulty of preventing cancer.
People get fed up with all the new studies that confirm that this and that product causes cancer. The list of products people are warned to avoid gets longer and longer. Stay away from regular shampoo, dryer sheets, sunscreen, chemical cleaners, pesticides, processed food, disposable diapers, etc. People are led to believe that everything causes cancer! Then, due to uncertainty, frustration, and a lack of alternative products or solutions, they quit caring and ignore the advice altogether. This is why my family is SLOWLY incorporating these changes into our life. We are moving towards making and buying natural/sustainable products whether it be for beauty, cleaning aids, pesticide control, or health care. If you focus on making food and products yourself, you will know the materials that go into it and can limit the petroleum based products in your home. We look forward to becoming as self-sufficient as possible as we work towards creating our own homestead in the very near future.
(We bought a farm house yesterday and get to move in the first week of December!!! CANT WAIT!)