If you are new to natural living (or have no idea what it is to begin with), I applaud you for clicking on this article.  Learning is hard.  Learning requires that you open yourself up to the possibility of a changed mindset, something that most people naturally resist.

If you are already familiar with natural living, I applaud you for clicking on this article as well.  It is important to remember the beginning steps you took at the start of your own journey so that you can help others more easily.

All living things group themselves with others that are most like themselves.  Artists tend to befriend other artists.  Birds tend to flock with other birds. It is a means for community and survival, culture and solidarity.

This grouping by similar characteristics has been seen across time and the world.

As members of one group,  we look upon other groups and categorize them by default. This group is right.  This group is wrong.  This group knows what’s up.  This group is off their rocker. 

This means that we also categorize ourselves in the same swoop.  I agree with this group or I don’t.  I want to be seen as similar to the others in this group or I don’t. 

For multiple reasons, natural living has been generally labeled as a hippy-dippy niche lifestyle that you either ARE or you AREN’T.  And that categorization is stopping individuals in other groups from taking baby steps into a more healthy and mindful lifestyle.

Natural living does not have to be all or nothing. It can be one small change here, one small adjustment there.

In this article, I am going to approach FIVE basic categories of natural living and how you can implement them into your life TODAY. And none of them require that you burn your bra or switch to a vegan diet (unless you want to 😉).

This is important. 

If you don’t have time to read right now, save this article to your Pinterest boards or email yourself the link. 

You’ll want to come back to reference it along your journey.

WHAT IS NATURAL LIVING?

Interestingly, the term ‘natural living’ doesn’t have an actual definition in the dictionary.  If you Google it, you’ll see articles from bloggers and healthcare websites doing their best to summarize it.  And maybe that is the reason it can be challenging to transition into a natural lifestyle if you weren’t raised that way.  It isn’t one nice little tidy idea.  But I’m gonna give it my best shot…

Natural Living is educating yourself so that you can make mindful, intentional decisions about the products you use, the food you eat, and what you do with your resources.  The end goal is to consume and absorb the least amount of chemicals possible while also reducing your impact on the environment due to human activities & resources.

Even that definition doesn’t explain the reasons why this is important or the serious health ramifications for you and your family if NOT living naturally.

Top 5 Natural Living Categories

While there are approximately ten million topics related to natural living, today we are going to start with just FIVE ideas that you can take baby steps towards TODAY.

1. Natural Personal Care Products

2. Eating Organic/Non GMO

3. Shopping Small/Local

4. Mindful Use of Resources

5. Natural Living Community 

But first, let’s talk real quick about WHY this has to be a conversation.  Why is there this separation between people that DO live naturally versus those that DON’T? How is it possible that the idea of NOT wanting toxic chemicals in our bodies or NOT wanting to be wasteful human beings is seen as a fad instead of common practice?

NATURAL LIVING AND MARKETING

Marketing has turned natural living into a trend and advertisements that draw in a certain type of consumer are alienating others.  If the buzzwords below are not already a part of your vocabulary and don’t regularly guide the way you shop, items with these labels can sound too complex to understand in a quick trip to the store.

Natural Living Buzzwords by Treesnail Natural Essentials

Mainstream media has done its part in solidifying the crunchy-hipster-granola stereotype that comes along with natural living to further make it only for a ‘certain type of person’ instead of just being a conscious consumer that is concerned about their health and care for our planet. 

Case in point, the first ever episode of Portlandia (“Farm”, aka “Is this Chicken Local?”).    Check out this 2 minute snippet that had me laughing out loud at 5:30 am, even after watching it hundreds of times:

Companies KNOW that the buzzwords above help to sell products to their ideal all-natural customer.  BUT they assume an understanding of the vocabulary.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever chosen one product over another without reading the actual ingredient label just because you saw the word ‘NATURAL’ on the packaging.

Guilty? (Us too.)

Let’s start to understand the industry by breaking all of these buzzwords down into layman’s terms so we actually know what we’re looking at. 

NATURAL LIVING BUZZWORD DEFINITIONS (IN LAYMAN’S TERMS)

All-Natural

A product that is made with natural ingredients instead of artificial ingredients made in a lab. A products labeled with this word does NOT mean every ingredient is natural…read the actual ingredient label.

Biodegradable

The ability of an object to be broken down naturally over time.  The time this takes is different for all objects; food is broken down much more quickly than paper or wood.  Man-made objects and materials, such as plastic, tin and styrofoam, take foreevveerrr to break down and are filling our landfills and oceans and polluting our air.  A few examples and length of time the object takes to decompose:  Apple (2 months), cardboard (2 months), plastic grocery bag (10-20 years), plywood (1-3 years), disposable diaper (450 years), cigarette butt (1-5 years), plastic bottle (450 years).

Buy Local

This term refers to purchasing goods (and services) that are produced locally.  This is better for the enviornment, as it cuts down on packaging and transportation fuel.  It is also better for YOU, since the sales tax goes straight into your community.

Cage Free

Animals, mostly referring to poultry, that are not stuck in a cage.  This can be sneaky advertising, as some ‘cage free’ farms only provide a space that is less than 8″ x 11″ (the size of a piece of printer paper) per animal, still crammed up against thousands of their friends in an inside warehouse.  Opt for free range if available.

Eco-friendly

This means than an item is not harmful to the environment.  Either the product helps individuals to ‘live green’ or that the product itself was made with sustainable practices and/or materials.

Environmentally Conscious

This phrase refers to good and services, laws, guidelines and policies that claim reduced, minimal, or no harm to the environment (also referred to as eco-friendly, nature-friendly, and green).

Fair Trade

Workers in the United States are protected by state and federal laws that require certain wages to be paid and an enforced level of safety and sanitation in the work place.  Not all countries are so lucky and and have some terrible working conditions for minimal pay.  By choosing products labeled with ‘Fair Trade’, you are supporting companies in other countries that provide better rights and conditions for their employees.

Free Range

Animals (mostly referring to poultry) that are able to move about freely in natural conditions instead of being confined to a cage.

Green

If you say you are ‘green’ it means that you have a sustainable and renewable way of living. You have changed your lifestyle to ensure that you reduce the imprint you and your family leave on the environment.

Handmade

Made by an actual person instead of a machine in a factory.  This word is used in advertising to suggest that something is generally of better quality, but that is not always the case.  If something is labeled as handmade, also look for it to be ‘natural’ or ‘fair trade’ to make sure you’re really getting something that is worth the label brag.

Low-Impact

A product or company is low-impact when it affects or alters the environment as little as possible.

Non-GMO

GMO stands for genetically modified organism.  To put it simply, this has become a ‘thing’ because some companies were/are changing the genetic makeup of living things so that they grow with chemicals and pesticides INSIDE of them.  These companies can then get away with saying they don’t spray their crops with fertilizers or feed their animals growth stimulants, even though we are still consuming and absorbing these dangerous chemicals since it is now a part of the organisms DNA.  When a product claims to be ‘Non-GMO’ it means that NONE of the ingredients in their product have been modified.

Organic

Anything that is grown (plant or animal) without using fertilizers, pesticides, growth stimulants, etc.  It was grown naturally, the way nature intended.

Preservative-Free

A preservative is a substance or chemical that is added to a product to prevent it from going bad, as it would naturally over time.  Not all preservatives are harmful and some are naturally occurring in nature (such as salt, beeswax, and Vitamin E).  However, the use of unhealthy preservatives are the new ‘norm’. Check your food and product labels for the following and avoid them at all costs:  Ammonium sulfate, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), high-fructose corn syrup, potassium bromate, sodium nitrate, parabens, phthalates, and more.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Also referred to as ‘the 3 Rs’.  We’ll use a plastic grocery bag as an example. You can REDUCE the amount of plastic grocery bags that are disposed of by shopping with a cotton reusable grocery bag instead.  If you do happen to have plastic grocery bags from a previous shopping trip, REUSE them as trash bags, animal poo bags, lunch bags, etc. instead of just throwing them away.  And REUSE them as many times as you can.  When you can’t REUSE your plastic grocery bag anymore because it is torn or soiled, put it in a RECYCLING bin instead of the regular trash to cut down on the waste in our landfills.

Shop Small

Small, as in small businesses.  Independently owned.  Not a national chain store.  Small businesses don’t have to be teeny tiny hole-in-the-wall places. A very popular restaurant company in STL that has 10 (and counting!) restaurants and employees over 300 people is still considered ‘small’.  Shopping small helps to create jobs, more diversity, a sense of community, AND provides the benefits of ‘buying local’ all at one time.

Sustainable

In a nutshell, this means acting or producing things in a way that meets a need we have right now, yet also thinking about how it will impact future generations.  For example, if a company has the choice between two types of packaging options and choose the one that is or can be recycled, that is a sustainable choice.  It meets the current needs of their company while also keeping in mind what will happen to the packaging after the product has been used.

1. NATURAL LIVING & PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

What is a Personal Care Product?

A personal care product is anything that you use on your body.  Think body wash, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, cosmetics, nail polish, nail polish remover, nursing balm, diaper cream, skin care products, etc.

A personal care product can also extend to the products you use in conjunction with the examples above.  A loofah, washcloth, cotton rounds, cosmetic brushes, razors, etc.

 

What do Personal Care Products have to do with Natural Living?

We are currently in this global market where products are being shipped from all over the world.

  • That means a lot of retail companies buy in bulk to reduce costs in production and shipping.
  • That means manufacturing companies need to extend the shelf life of products so that they can sit in a warehouse for a long period of time without ‘going bad’.
  • That means chemicals are being added to products to counteract natural decomposition and rancidity.

Absorption

“WHY does this matter?  It’s not like we’re EATING our personal care products.” 

Even though you are not consuming the ingredients of most of your personal care products by mouth, you are most definitely still absorbing them through your skin.  The rate at which your skin absorbs anything depends on several things:

  • How long it is on your skin
  • The physical condition of your skin
  • How concentrated the substance is
  • The part of the body it comes into contact with 

Generally speaking, the more sensitive the body part, the more it absorbs and the more quickly it absorbs (your nether regions and your armpits have an absorption rate of 100%…what products are you using on those parts?).

 

Carcinogens

The chemicals being added to your products, such as preservatives, fragrances, colors, etc. are causing some CRAZY side effects that we are only NOW (literally, RIGHT NOW) starting to see.

No more of ‘this may cause (fill in the blank)’. These additives ARE causing (fill in the blank). A long list of (fill in the blanks), actually.

And the negative effects are increased during pregnancy and childhood but aren’t showing up until later:

  • ADD/ADHD   
  • Breast cancer   
  • Asthma
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Contact Dermatitis   
  • Early onset of puberty   
  • Infertility   
  • Prostate cancer   
  • Testicular cancer   
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Allergies
  • On and on and on and on and on

Mommies and daddies, this should freak you out, even if you’re not on the ‘natural living’ scene (yet).  Take a peek at the label on your child’s soap, lotion, diaper rash cream, wipes, laundry detergent, etc. These ingredients are being absorbed into the skin and developing organs of your little love all day, every day.

The 1% rule

To top off this incredibly unfortunate news, the FDA doesn’t require ingredients that are less than 1% of a product to be on the label.  This is to ‘protect’ the recipes of the manufacturers so that their products can’t be replicated by another company. 

But what if there are 50 ingredients that are .99% of the recipe and together they make up 59.5% of the product?  Nope. None of them have to be listed. 

So technically, the majority of the ingredients in your products don’t even make it to the label.

To those of you with skin allergies, you are well aware of this problem.  You are chained to a list of products provided by your doctor that don’t contain hidden fragrances, retinol, sodium laureth, phthalates, etc.  And you have to stick to this list because there really is no telling exactly what is in products even if you CAN read through the Latin names on a label. How can you be informed if they’re not all listed? So you purchase exactly what’s on your ‘Doctor-Approved’ list because they have been tested by a lab to sift through any marketing/labeling trickiness.

It. Should. Not. Be. This. Hard. 

Treesnail Natural Essentials

My husband and I were blown away by all of this information and decided to do something about. 

Thus, Treesnail Natural Essentials, our handmade natural skin care and wellness products line, was born. We list every single ingredient that we use on our labels and in our product descriptions so that you know exactly what is going onto your body.

Handmade shops like ours are steadily popping up and will continue to increase in popularity as the world becomes more educated on chemicals in mainstream products. 

Even with companies that promise to disclose their entire ingredient list, you still have to know what you are looking at on the label to make sure it’s a good choice for you and your family.  

 

Ingredients to Avoid in Personal Care Products

AluminumUsed to prevent sweating.  Added to antiperspirants & some cosmetics.  Blocks your body’s ability to get rid of toxins and is linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Coal Tar DyeA coloring agent in toothpaste, hair dye, bubble bath, and more that is linked to allergies, headaches, anxiety, and nervousness.
DEA, TEA, MEAAdditives in personal care products that can cause allergic reactions.
FlourideA known carcinogen that is found in toothpaste, mouth wash, and whitening products.  Also contributes to bone disease.
FormaldehydeA widely used preservative in baby products, nail polish, cleaning products, and cosmetics.  Irritates skin and eyes, increases other allergy reactions.
FragranceChemicals used to artificially scent cosmetics, skin care, and baby products.  Fragrance is also used to ‘mask’ the smell of other ingredients in a product so that it can be labeled as ‘unscented’. Flares up allergies, headaches, and respiratory issues.
Mineral OilA petroleum product that is used in cosmetics & baby products to make skin feel smooth.  Blocks pores which stops your body’s ability to get rid of toxins.
Propylene GlycolAn additive to hydrate skin that is found in body wash and shampoos.  Causes dysfunction in organs and malfunction of the nervous system in children.
ParabensPreservatives that extend the shelf life of personal care and beauty products.  These build up in breast tissue & stimulate growth of cancer cells.
PhthalatesPreservatives that extend the shelf life of personal care and cleaning products.  Negatively impact reproduction and male fertility.
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS)A chemical additive to produce bubbles and suds in soap.  Builds up in brain, liver, and can cause severe skin allergies.
TalcFound in baby powders, cosmetics, and condoms.  Linked to ovarian cancer.
TriclosanAn antibacterial additive found in soaps and cosmetics.  Can cause skin sensitivity, liver damage, and messes with hormones.

Natural Living Hacks for Personal Care Products

Yikes.  I get it.  That is A LOT TO THINK ABOUT for anyone, let alone someone just jumping on the whole natural living train.

Let’s make it a little easier, yeah?

  • If you’re an online shopper, head over to my Natural Living Resources Page and click through to purchase items straight from there.  This list has been very carefully compiled to include transparent, trusted companies & ingredients.
  • If you prefer to shop in store, download EWG’s Healthy Living App on a smart device that you have with you when you go shopping.  You can zap the barcode of the item you want to purchase and the app will give you it’s ratings.  It seriously doesn’t get any easier than that to shop informed.

2. NATURAL LIVING & Chemical-Free Food

What’s the deal about eating Naturally?

There are entire books, classes, and professions all built around teaching individuals to eat more clean.  In an effort to make this a manageable amount of information, I’ll keep it to the basics.

Similar to the discussion of personal care products above, all kinds of dangerous stuff is happening for companies to reap financial gains and increase the shelf life of food.

Hormones are used on cows to produce more milk and make animals twice the size that nature intended (despite the fact that their legs can’t physically support that kind of weight).

Artificial food colorings are frequently used in children’s foods, vitamins, and medicines simply because ‘more colorful equals increased sales’

I hear you over there…

“What’s wrong with increased milk production?  Calcium is necessary for your bones!  More calcium for all the people!”

and

“The ‘red’ is making my kids drink their juice…which is vitamin C and so super healthy, right?!”

Tabling the ethical and nutritional arguments to those statements, the hormones that have been used to increase milk production in those cows are going straight into the milk your family is drinking.  There is a direct link from cows milk to the early onset of puberty, amongst other developmental side effects.

The chemicals in the artificial dyes used in many brands of juice and children’s foods are directly linked to ADD & ADHD.  And have been for DECADES. 

So many of the same diseases, cancers, and allergies that were presented in the personal care section are also being caused by the pesticides, fertilizers, and hormones found in our food.

If you’re not a farmer or gardener, there are two things you can do:

1.  Know what ingredients to avoid in food.

2.  Shop prepared.

Ingredients to Avoid in Food

Monosdium Glutamate (MSG)

Artificial Food Coloring

Sodium Nitrate
Guar GumHigh Fructose Corn SyrupArtificial Sweeteners
CarrageenanSodium BenzoateTrans Fat
Xanthan GumArtificial FlavoringYeast Extract

Shop PREPARED

Purchasing organic, pasteurized, grass fed, free range, etc. food can get pricey.  BUT it doesn’t have to be if you know what to look for.

My family actually started shopping at Aldi because of their affordable organic produce. We have found that we now spend about HALF of what we did at other grocery stores and we’re getting healthier food.

Another money-saving hack is to go to your farmer’s market at the END of the day…vendors are usually just wanting to get rid of what they have left over and will sell it for less.  You don’t always get the best selection at this time, but better deals!

You also don’t have to buy EVERYTHING organic.  If you can at the very least stick to purchasing the Dirty Dozen (listed below) as organic, you’ll be off to an excellent start. Scroll down a bit to get a downloadable version of these lists before your next grocery shopping trip.

Dirty Dozen

(produce with the MOST pesticide residue…BUY ORGANIC)

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes + Hot Peppers

Clean Fifteen

(produce with the LEAST pesticide residue …CONSIDERED SAFE)

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Sweet Frozen Peas
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbages
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew Melons

Soaking fruits and vegetables

  • Mix 1 part distilled white vinegar with 4 parts water in bowl or clean sink.
  • Soak your produce in the mixture for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse produce well with warm water.
  • Boom. Done.
  • Please note that soaking your produce does not replace buying organic, and buying organic doesn’t mean you shouldn’t soak.  However, I’m a big believer in doing “what you can, with what you have, where you are.”  Every step you can take is protecting you and your family that much more. (Seriously folks, even when making a healthy snack choice by handing your kid an apple, if it isn’t organic or hasn’t been soaked, it really is like them licking a spray can of chemicals.  Really. Really.)
  • Think you don’t have time for this extra step?  Fill a clean sink with the water/vinegar mixture before you leave home.  When you’re at the store, make sure you bag all of your produce together.  Unload this bag first, throw your produce in the sink. By the time you’re finished unloading and putting away the rest of your groceries, the soaking is done.  Yeah, it’s a habit that will take a few times to remember but totally doable.

Natural Living hacks for grocery shopping

With those basics covered, it’s time to take charge of your own health.

  • Get our list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 by entering your information into the form below.  You can then either download the list onto your phone or print it out to have with you as you shop (subscribers, this is already in your resource library).
  • The EWG’s Healthy Living App that was mentioned above in the personal care section also has a ton of food research on it as well.  Make sure this is downloaded onto your smart device before you get to the grocery store.

3. NATURAL LIVING & SHOPPING SMALL/Local

What does shopping small have to do with natural living?

There are so very many reasons to shop with small and local companies (privately owned businesses in your area that have less than 500 employees and less than $7 million in sales).

I’m sure you’ve seen the #shopsmall call to action during peak shopping times of the year, such as Black Friday, Christmas, and Labor Day.

By shopping small and local, you are supporting your own community. The money you spend and taxes you pay goes towards public schools, parks, and service workers instead of corporate stocks.  Your dollars are helping a little girl get ballet and tap shoes for her new dance class.

By shopping small and local, you are also helping the environment. Independent companies have less processing, packaging, and transportation waste.  Additionally, over 59% of independent companies say that they reuse and recycle materials to cut down on costs (win-win for everyone!).

Community & environment aside, shopping small is actually HEALTHIER for you too, and cuts down on the chemicals, and in turn, the long-term effects mentioned above.  

Many small and local farms KNOW that they are staying small and local so the use of preservatives to extend the shelf life of their food is not as common – it is going from ‘farm to table’ and will be consumed almost instantly.  No need for weirdness.

Other small companies, such as Treesnail Natural Essentials, do not have the ability to create products in bulk due to time and space.  We have to make things in small batches or made to order, allowing us to keep artificial preservatives out and our products super fresh.

Not sure which companies around you are small & local?

Visit the Independent We Stand website to see what is near you:

  • Search for specific items and/or services you need
  • Search for specific businesses
  • Register your own small business
  • Download the app on your smart device for quick use while you’re out & about

4. Mindful Use of Resources

Let’s talk about being mindful.  What does it mean?  I’m not talking about the therapeutic or meditative technique.  Just in general. 

Being mindful simply means BEING AWARE.

That’s it.

Stopping to think about something, being AWARE of what you are doing, thinking, using, feeling.

It’s a pretty powerful thing.  To actually THINK about what you are doing…and why

It’s so easy just to drift.  To get into routines or habits just because you’ve always done them.  There is a security in that.  A nice warm fuzzy sense of familiarity.  My 3 year old THRIVES on routine and repetition, which is developmentally appropriate.  Especially since she doesn’t really have control of much in this world.

As adults, WE are in control of a LOT in our world.  Almost everything, really. What are some of your daily habits or routines that you go through without even thinking?

  • Your route to work?
  • What you order for lunch?
  • What you put in your cart at the grocery store?

The problem with our environment is that a LOT of the population has gone without being mindful for SO long.

Using resources that were thought to go on indefinitely.  Throwing things away without really thinking about WHERE they were going.

We live in a day and age where we can see, feel, and experience the ramifications of that ignorance.  And to be honest, we have no excuse to be mindless any longer.

Anyone under the age of 40 has gone to school hearing the words:

REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE

But it doesn’t always happen.

Why is it so hard to be mindful about our resources?

Because of convenience & time.

Everyone is so dang busy these days.  I truly believe that everyone would LOVE to be mindful of resources and aren’t intentionally adding to their carbon footprint.

They would LOVE to ask themselves,

“How can I reuse this plastic container?”

“How can I repurpose this old t-shirt instead of throwing it away?”

“What can I buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging waste I create?”

The reality is that if you are in #survivalmode, you can’t manage anything extra.

It’s a challenge to think about the next life of that water bottle on the floor when you have one kid you’re trying to potty train while trying to get another ready for school.

It’s time-consuming to find a recycling bin for your coffee cup while you’re racing from one class or one meeting to another. 

Life. Is. Big.

The answer lies not in teaching people to recycle, but teaching people to purchase sustainable resources for themselves to begin with.

We live in a consumer culture where people LOVE to purchase.  Most of the population would be more mindful of their own belongings than being mindful about how they can reuse a plastic bottle that was provided to them at a drive-thru.

This does a double-duty, because even if people AREN’T concerned for the environment, they’re probably going to interested in the savings that sustainable resources can bring to their pocketbook.

Think about your household monthly Target or Costco list.  What items are ALWAYS on there?

  • A 36 pack of water bottles?
  • Paper towels?
  • Sandwich bags?
  • Plastic wrap?

Whether you’re more interested in being mindful of the environment or of your budget, I challenge you to find ONE thing that you throw away on an ongoing basis to replace with a sustainable option.

Reusable Water Bottle

Reusable Snack Bags

Reusable Grocery Bags

Tips for Buying Sustainable Resources

  • The next time you make your shopping list, highlight the items that you throw away after using (paper towels, lunch bags, sandwich bags).
  • Choose ONE item that you can replace with a reusable version.  To set yourself up for success, choose an item that wouldn’t be a complete life-changer so that it’s an easy ‘first’ to transition.
  • If you’re an online shopper, head over to my Natural Living Resources Page and click through to purchase items straight from there.  This list has been very carefully compiled to include transparent, trusted companies & ingredients.
  • Remind yourself to do this once a month (or however frequently you do those ‘big’ shopping trips for household items). The key here is to slowly transition your main items for the long-term.  Natural living is a journey and baby steps are crucial for making it manageable.

5. Natural Living Community

As discussed at the very beginning of this post, people tend to stay in communities of others that are like themselves.

If natural living is a new concept to you, it is important that you have at least one person (or group) that is on a similar journey as you.  If you don’t have a sense of accountability or support, the chances of creating habits that stick are pretty slim.

I highly encourage you to get another friend or family member on board.  Share this article. Talk about one or two things you’ll both do to either eliminate chemicals or be more mindful of your resources…together. 

Using the power of technology and the internet is also a great way to network with others and stay on track.  Our new Facebook Group is an excellent mix of beginners, entrepreneurs, and professionals all learning together. Wherever you are in your journey, request to join this growing online community to empower yourself and others!

RECAP: Tips to Start Living Naturally TODAY

Natural Living Tip #1:

Switch out 3 Personal Care Items

  • Go to my Natural Living Resources Page and click through to purchase items straight from there.  This list has been very carefully compiled to include transparent, trusted companies & ingredients.
  • Download EWG’s Healthy Living App on a smart device that you have with you when you go shopping.  You can zap the barcode of the item you want to purchase and the app will give you it’s ratings. 

Natural Living Tip #2: 

Shop Dirty Dozen/Clean 15

Natural Living Tip #3: 

Shop Small/Shop Local

  • Go to the Independent We Stand website on desktop or download the app on your go-to smart device to: 
    • Search for specific items you need
    • Search for specific businsses in your area
    • Register your own small business

Natural Living Tip #4: 

Switch out ONE Reusable Item a Month

  • Highlight the items on your monthly ‘household items’ shopping list that you throw away and repurchase on a routine basis.
  • Choose ONE of those items to replace with a sustainable version.
  • Go to my Natural Living Resources Page and click through to purchase items straight from there.  This list has been very carefully compiled to include transparent, trusted companies & ingredients.
  • Do this once a month for a slow & steady transition.

Natural Living Tip #5: 

Build Your Natural Living Community

 

If you’ve learned anything today, I hope it is that you can take small, approachable baby steps towards natural living. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. 

Bookmark this page so that you can come back to it as frequently as you need.  Start with one small actionable step.  Make it a habit.  Go from there. 

Do what you can with what you have where you are. 

Free Natural Living Resource Guide

from Treesnail Natural Essentials

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