Well, my inbox has been full of Earth Day marketing spam….and it bothers me. Especially when a lot of what is being promoted isn’t even vaguely green – and there is a lot of that going around all year long. It’s called “greenwashing” and it’s what you get when companies of all sizes make claims about their products – “organic, all natural, wild-crafted, indigenous, green, environmentally friendly,” and you get the drift! But when you really check out their ingredients, you see “palm oil, soybean and/or corn oil (well which one is it? :D), propylene glycol, cocamide DEA, fragrance oil”. You see products packaged in single-use plastic and claiming it’s ok because it’s “BPA -free”. Still plastic and will end up in our water, soil, and air and our food. It’s so hard to avoid when you need something! So I will be sending out flyers I used to hand out at the myriad of markets I previously sold at; it lists many of the most common ingredients to avoid when you are purchasing skin care products. And if you see something not on the list, you can always look up the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) which lists any chemical you can think of and its effects. It is a massive book, but now you can google it. I will send these out with every order or you can just request one sans purchase – this way, no matter what products you do purchase, you will know what you are really getting. And for this Earth Day, and until May 1 (Beltane – the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice) if you post a photo of your activities for Earth Day to my Facebook (The Middle Aged Spread) or Instagram (themiddleagedspread) and message me your mailing address and I will send you a free bar of my luscious goat milk and honey soap of your choice. Show off your seed exchange, recycling, picking up litter, planting a tree; whatever you did today to contribute to a healthier planet.
And here is an ancient Irish blessing for the fields at Beltane:
May the road always rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the rains fall softly upon your fields
May every good seed you plant bear fruit
And may late summer find you standing in fields of plenty