My sister Kathy is pretty green; in fact she is the one who got me into green living from a toxics perspective years ago. I was visiting her for the weekend recently, and as it often goes when we are together, our conversation touched on healthy/green news. I mentioned that she might want to check the personal-care product line she uses on Skin Deep, the online cosmetic safety database developed by Environmental Working Group, to see if it is as healthy as she assumes.
Although green is the new black and the stereotype of environmentalists as the socks-and-sandals crowd is fading, many of us still don’t identify ourselves as environmentalists. We’re not going to abandon our style, and we don’t believe hip equals green for the average Jane.
But if you think about it, being a virtuous consumer can actually make you more beautiful — and not just on the inside.
Why is it that on Valentine’s Day – the one holiday that is most obviously all about love – we tend to give gifts that tend to be so un-lovely? You’ve no doubt read about the importance of choosing fair trade chocolate for your Valentine. And we hope you’ve also gotten the memo about sending only organic roses. But now it’s time to also put the kibosh on the final cliché Valentine’s present: perfume.