1980. That’s the year I was born. It was the year of the Rubik’s Cube, Post-It notes, Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” and the average cost of a house was £13,650. A year later, MTV was launched, CD’s were the new way of listening to music and IBM’s first home computer became available to buy! So much has changed in that time its almost unfathomable. Since I entered my 39th year I’ve been reflecting on my health, well-being and all of the things that I take for granted. I would advise that if anyone reads this blog that I am certainly nowhere near perfect and this is a journey that I am starting and learning from.
Musing over all the products that I have put on or in my skin since 1980. How many of them were harmful? How many of them were synthetic? I find myself wanting to know more as I stand in aisles faced with products including ingredients that I cannot pronounce. I made a quiet decision, this year, not to shop the latest high street trends – because its mostly made of polyester (plastic) and acrylic (oil-based) – through boredom, and focus my energy on more creative outlets. Just stop and wait a minute. Do I need that “amazing copy of a designer printed dress”? Or will it just end up in the pile of clothes that I give away every 6 months? Even just writing that seems crazy. What have I been doing?!
Then, let’s talk about the amount of fake tan that I’ve been slathering myself in for over 20 years. Yes, I started making myself streakily orange when I was 14. I had an athletics meet and was so envious of all the tanned girls, I decided to “Tango” myself. It was before I knew to exfoliate and moisturise, so, inevitably, the end result was not good. Who knows what was in those formulas? Then there’s all the shampoos, bubble baths, perfumed body milks, cleansers, toners, hair dyes, gels, sprays, bath bombs, glitter balms, formaldehyde-filled nail polishes, CFCs, deodorants, suncreams. I dread to think how much of this stuff has stayed in our systems. Where to start? There is a lot of stuff to cover!
I want to find products (that work) and home-remedies and formulas that alleviate the pressure we put on the earth, its ecosystem and our own bodies. I want to find symbiotic wellness and grooming products that don’t harm our oceans or animals. I want to know more about how we can help to slow down mass-consumption and throwaway fashion. I want to understand what I can do to minimise my own brand’s carbon footprint and lengthen product lifecycles. I also want to champion the people that do produce and keep skilled work alive. Vegan and man-made innovation versus traditional leather and animal fibres products will also be looked at. At this stage, I am open-minded to look at these areas from all angles.
There are many exceptional people campaigning and living this more conscious life and, although I am late to the party, I want to improve things. I want to do my little bit and learn as I go. Where I used to covet fashion in all forms, ignorant to provenance or fabric composition, now I’d like to find ethical brands, vintage collectors, artisans creating pieces for longevity, where the producers are doing their best to reduce the waste and damage that production can cause. Also, I want to understand how many of the ingredients used in everyday products is harmful – I think this will be an eye-opener for sure!
Its not possible for there to be a countdown to a specific end-goal as I think this area is so vast, but in a year’s time I want to look back over these posts and be able to say: I made a difference.
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