With the New Year here, our family is create resolutions with most focusing on doing more for everything around us. One of the most important places and things to us involves the environment, the great outdoors. With the historic flooding back east and the drought and depleting marine life here in the west, things are changing. We all need to do our part to not just protect, but to promote new life and growth by watching how and where we contaminate the nature. We are happy to partner with Seventh Generation as a brand ambassador.
One way our family has made a large effort to watch and change our impact is through our cleaning products. From our laundry detergent, to our dish wash liquid and hand soap, we partnered and switched over to Seventh Generation to keep the convenience of a busy life, but also cutting back tremendously on what we introduce into our drainage and gray water which eventually makes its way to rivers and eventually oceans. While we could all wish for waste water treatment plants it is not always the case especially around areas with water access. Here in Southern California some cities use highly treated sewage and gray water water for landscaping irrigation only which is better than flowing out into the oceans.
Many times these oceans protect not only marine life but also land and air animals.
Here is a beach on the northern Malibu coast and it is rocky and has little life but birds. North of this beach by 10s of miles are acres of fertile and highly farmed land. It is important to protect the areas that have life and the best way starts with us.
Many people probably do not realize where their waste water goes. Many cities do not treat these waters and pipe them into rivers and oceans. Watching what we throw into the drains and waterways helps in so many ways.
We and the kids enjoy using Seventh Generation natural hand wash. With a line of scents including Lavender Flower & Mint, Mandarin Orange & Grapefruit, Hibiscus & Cardamom, they are very pleasant to dispense and in no way over bearing when and after rinse. Dad has a favorite of the citrus, Mom loves lavender and the kids love them all!
Seventh Generation hand soaps are USDA certified bio based product with 97% of it biobased. I know it may seem small but think about the little things that go into your garbage, fluids and waters that go down the drains, even the smells that go into the air, we have a large impact on the world around us. Starting with small initiatives and realizing benefits to reducing our impacts on the natural world, we are investing into ourselves and our kids and future generations in the biggest way possible.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
— Jane Goodall
We recently made a family visit to Laguna Beach’s Shaw’s Cove and talked with some marine volunteers there. There were there helping visitors not only with pamphlets to help viewers find fun marine life, but to also inform people the fines for removing marine life and any curious questions they may have. I was informed we could collect sea glass and drift wood. Sea glass is simply worn glass from human waste, but it its sanded natural and looks cool. It is important to protect these areas and protecting the water they love in is essential.
Even at Seventh Generation they use 100% recycled containers for their Laundry, Hand Dish soap, toilet cleaner, and dish gel. They even have a paper container. Make a different by starting with waste reduction.
It is important, especially coastal cities to really care about that small shoreline that is public access. With so many people relying on it, it is even more important we think about what creates the problems in the ocean and “The Earth is what we all have in common.” — Wendell Berry