Retro Housewife talks about why she uses soap to brush her teeth and the other "strange" things she does.
Some green habits have become pretty common. Few people would call using reusable bags or bottles weird but some green habits are still not main stream. Here are a few of mine.
- Brushing my teeth with soap. I started by just using a fluoride free toothpaste, then I learned about SLS so found one free of that, and then I learned most of those still have glycerin. And if you didn't know, glycerin has been shown to coat your teeth and keep them from remineralizing. So I switched to a tooth soap. I will say it was a bit weird at first but once you are used to it, it's nice. My teeth are so smooth after and they are much whiter.
- Use baking soda as deodorant. I started with a mineral stone but while safer than traditional deodorant they still have some aluminum so I now use plain and simple baking soda.
- Using a glass straw. The staff at my favorite places to eat are starting to remember that I don't want plastic straws and that I bring my own. If I forget my glass straw they often ask where it is. This may seem like a small habit but those plastic straws add up and I use my glass straw as an awareness tool. I have gotten to talk to people about plastic pollution several times because they asked about my straw.
- My diet. I eat almost all organically grown food and I'm a flexitarian (aka semi-vegetarian). I only eat humanly raised meat and very little of it. This is harder to understand than vegetarianism so I often just say I'm a vegetarian to make it easier.
- I don't drive. I don't even have a license and we are an one car family. While, to be honest, health reasons play into why I don't have a license, even if I had one we would still only have one car and I would rarely drive.
- I won't shop at Walmart and rarely shop at other big box stores. There are many reasons for this. I don't shop at Walmart because of their poor policies. This is odd to people around here because it's one of the few stores in my town and even people who hate Walmart don't see how you can avoid it. I avoid big box stores in general because I try to shop and buy local and big box stores have few products that I would buy.
- I use cloth menstrual pads. While I do still use some organic tampons, I use cloth pads as well. I love them. I hated pads before but the cloth ones are so soft. They aren't gross and are very easy to care for.
Those are just a few of my "weird" green habits. What green habits do you have that others think are odd?