Since I became a part of the green beauty community over 3 years ago (though I started my green journey long before), I’ve not only met some truly amazing people and brand owners/formulators, but I’ve also learned a lot about myself in the process – to listen more to my intuitions when it comes to what I should and shouldn’t use on myself, how skincare works, and more recently, where I fit in in this community.
I’ve also learned that everyone has their own varying views of what green beauty is or should be – some are “purists” and will only use the most pure, organic, healing ingredients there are, others are a bit more lax and only avoid the biggest offenders, not really stressing if a product contains one or more “no-no” ingredients, and yet others still are more concerned with the environmental effects of a product and if a brand tests on animals.
When I first started my journey, I was a purist, probably to the point of obnoxiousness to my family! But at that time, I could afford to be. I had a good enough job that allowed me to splurge on the best of the best. Sadly, after my back surgery and losing my job (and disability didn’t last either), I no longer had that financial freedom and was forced to step off my “high-end green beauty” pedestal and be a bit more frugal. It was definitely humbling, as I ashamedly was one of those militant purists who thought if you weren’t using brands like Tata Harper, Living Libations, Jane Iredale, or May Lindstrom you were doing it wrong.
But honestly, I’m grateful, because it has helped me to be a lot more tolerant of other people’s own journey into green beauty. I no longer look at someone buying brands like Burts Bees (though I’ve always loved their lip products) or even Alba (greenwashed, I know) as being the worst possible choices. I now think to myself, at least they aren’t buying some of the truly toxic conventional products – they’re trying to make better choices.
Which brings me to the point of this post. A green lifestyle isn’t about being perfect. It isn’t about criticizing others for choices that you wouldn’t necessarily make either. It IS, however, about making safer, cleaner choices (with the resources you have, whether financial or ingredient intel). It’s about making progress – whether it’s cleaning up your diet, skincare & make-up to include more organic foods & products (or just eating/using less processed/toxic ones), using homemade cleaning products, using organic cotton instead of conventional, growing your own food instead of buying from a grocery store, supporting local farmers and artisans, not using plastic, whatever you feel is the right choice for you. It’s about reducing our carbon footprints whenever possible. And it is about supporting each other and our choices, whether you agree with them or not. Any little change that we make to live a cleaner, healthier life should always be applauded, in my opinion. 🙂
The thing is, even though we all may be different shades of green in the green community, we’re all still green. And that’s good enough for me. 🙂
What are your thoughts on this topic? What “shade” of green are you? Let me know!
Peace & Love,