Aging gives you the distance from youth needed for life changing reflection and personal assessment. Mortality becomes a real issue, especially after you’ve been to a few funerals and realize there might be things you can do reduce your health risks.
Eating less processed foods and consciously choosing organic and natural replacements for everyday items seemed like excellent preventative health maintenance. Ever the good student, I turned to books for my eco-friendly education. I admire Ed Begley’s approach to eco – living and it gave me some food for thought. He really does reduce, reuse and recycle his resources. After reading 1/2 dozen more books, I realized I didn’t have to live like a vegan to start living in a more eco friendly way. I was really looking to find ways to reduce my various allergies without depending on a cabinet full of medicines.
I have always had rash and hive prone skin and found that by going to eco-friendly plant based laundry detergent that my skin allergies were greatly reduced. A friend suggested I try organic cotton clothing to keep chemically treated fabrics away from my skin. I scoured the internet and was surprised to find that there are a lot of companies catering to the organic cotton clothing consumer. First thing I bought was organic socks, boxers, and t-shirts. So far the result has been fantastic. I simply do not get rashes or red splotches on my skin anymore. I am not a full blown eco disciple yet, but I am beginning to evangelize the benefits of natural pesticide free food and certified organic cotton clothes.