Dog treats from China, killing thousands of dogs. Apple juice from China tainted with cyanide. Dyes in kids’ food leading to behavioral issues.
What is next? When is enough going to be enough?
I post often about trying to find natural remedies to things, or taking the eco-friendly route. I do so in the hopes of motivating others to do the same. This post is going to be one of my attempts at rallying my readers to think a little differently. This isn’t just about food, although food is definitely a part of where you can make some changes to better your well-being, as well as that of others.
In this world where nothing seems natural, or heck, even U.S. made any more, it’s important to me to try to keep my carbon footprint alive. For one thing, it appalls me how many people still don’t recycle. At my place of work, there are recycling bins in the break room but most people can’t seem to make the effort to walk a few steps to recycle their cans and bottles instead of throw them in the trash. Heck, in the same break room, there is a trash can 5 feet away from the recycling bins and some people still can’t make the simple effort to put things in the recycling bins! It blows my mind. It’s so easy! When did Americans become so lazy?
Every day it is about the convenience. What takes the least amount of time? Everything is mass-produced overseas because Americans need everything and they need it right now. Last year, I remember having a coffee in Starbucks with a friend of mine. Starbucks had this big rack promoting all this stuff, “Made in the USA!” signs proudly declared. “Buy local! Buy American!” Out of curiosity, I inspected all of the items on the rack right next to that rack, Everything on the second rack was made in China. I wanted to ask Starbucks, “What is the point, then?” It seemed so silly.
Again, I pose the question, when is enough going to be enough?
Shop local. Buy organic. Buy all-natural. Support American-made products. Stop buying from China! Is the convenience really worth it? At the expense of the health of our kids and pets? Ourselves?
Recently, I started selling Arbonne. When you join Arbonne, they want a “why”. They want to know why you’ve chosen to work with them. Of course, in part, my “why” is making extra money for groceries, or holiday spending, or the Invisalign I am about to start. It’s always nice to make a little extra money. But the more I learn about this company and what they stand for, my “why” is evolving. Arbonne’s products are all-natural, vegan-based. No animal products and no animal testing. They are all about being green and it is what they stand for.
Did you know that when you put something on your skin, it takes 26 seconds for it to enter your blood stream? When you think about all of the products out there with minerals, perfumes and dyes that are more likely causing harm than good for your skin and your system, that 26 seconds sounds really alarming, does it not? I’d rather spend a little more on products in which I know where they are coming from.
I am almost ready to step off of my soap box. One more thing, first: with the holidays coming, I am encouraging everyone to think more of the bigger picture and worry less about the “convenience” of it all. It’s rather inconvenient when we’re eating foods and using products that are no good for us, is it not?
We are about to have a holiday in which corporate America has such little regard for small, local businesses and family time that they’re making people work on Thanksgiving Day and encouraging people to leave their families to go shopping on Thanksgiving Day. The day after isn’t enough anymore! Most of these companies, I guarantee you that 90% of the products on their shelves are mass-produced in China. (for the record, I cannot stand Black Friday!)
So this holiday season, shop local. Cook healthy. Look for items that are Made in USA and not Made in China. Support small restaurants and businesses. Let’s reclaim some of what we’ve let go in recent history. Take a stand!
I am posing a challenge to my readers to break away from this Black Friday mindset and go to the little stores. “Small Business Saturday”? Forget that. Let’s make every day a day to support small businesses. Not even just for the holidays but all year round!
I’d love feedback from my readers. What will YOU do to make a difference in our world, this holiday season and after?