Originally posted by DYepes
Ok well I have had my ignorance denied. But how in the hell am I supposed to find chemically safe, or organic detergant, or whatever? I have never
seen any of that stuff at Wal-Mart.So, any ideas? What is available, who are the companies?
We use Seventh Generation
brand natural laundry detergent from our local organic food coop. They proudly DISCLOSE ALL INGREDIENTS. It is
non-toxic, hypo allergenic, and biodegradable. For particularly dirty laundry, we add Borax and to stuff with cat/dog pee we add white vinegar; both
available at the big W if you so insist upon patronizing their establishment.
Careful with the rest... more ignorance to be denied...
We use Ecover dishwashing soap, Seventh Generation makes all of our household paper products, Natracare makes feminine hygeine (plastic free/organic)
products, Ivory soap (though now owned by P&G) is the only commercial soap without preservatives at your local grocery. Nature's Gate makes our
lotion and toothpaste. Though Tom's of Maine also makes a good toothpaste. DR Bronner's shampoo is our choice for natural shampoo. My shoelaces
are hemp rope/string from the hobby store. I store ALL of my food, spices, medicine, etc. in glass mason jars, from 1 gallon to half pint; glass
lid. Plastic containers leach and are unstable in sun and high/low temp. We keep our dog free of fleas by powdering his food with black walnut hull
powder and use absynth as a heartworm preventative. Diatoms as a wormer, and also used on bedding to keep fleas and ticks away. All of our cookware
is stainless, cast iron, or pyrex; NO TEFLON. We cook with a wood hobo stove, not gas or electric. We drink organic shade grown yerba mate from the
rainforests rather than plantation grown chemical coffee. We buy whatever we can fair-trade (farmers get paid market value) and organic certified.
We make our decisions for products based upon THE ENTIRE METAPHYSICAL PROCESS that is required to place the product in my hands.
Ethical Values of the store from which we purchased, especially how they treat employees (we've been boycotting walmart for 18 months now)
Locally produced is a plus
Ingredients on the label
No excessive processing
We buy no preprepared food... only ingredients; rice, beans, oatmeal, salt, pepper, spice, etc.
Sometimes you are forced to choose for example between locally grown and mildly pesticid-ed vs organic from across the globe. Some people argue over
which is best. Neither is. The fact that you are making an active CHOICE is what is important. Making the choice with higher vibrant thought
process and encourage others to do the same is far more vital than organic vs. local.
You do not want to just take what is most convenient. Convenience = increase corporate profit, degredation of environment and health, and a weakening
of the ability for your local communities to support itself. You ultimately pay for convenience... or at least you pay for it with your concience as
you know the children of tomorrow will have to pay for your failure to take life by the horns now.
Choice is the one freedom that you never loose and will ultimately place judgement upon your soul.
[edit on 4-1-2007 by Sri Oracle]