Thank you for committing to this 30 Day Christian Green Living Challenge with us! Each day as we step through our journey, I’ll share the challenge for the day then, depending on your green goals, I will share resources where you can learn more, dig deeper into the topic, or challenge yourself even more. We will do the challenge once *live* together, but you can participate anytime by joining in on the comments below and by using the hashtag #ChristianGreenLiving. So, when you’re ready, let’s Go Christian Green!
Following up on our Day 18 Challenge to “Green our Beauty and Personal Care,” everyone and every family has a bathroom routine full of not-so-fun things like feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, and diapers. But this is an important area that needs eco-friendly attention too.
Consider disposable feminine hygiene products (sorry guy readers!). Many women from 10-55 need feminine hygiene products and it’s not an area where we can just “say no” or “ditch it.” Plus, we’ve known for years that because of the chemicals in tampons, they can cause an illness called toxic-shock syndrome and sadly, most “sanitary” napkins/pads are full of chemicals too.
These products are used in a very sensitive part of our bodies where absorption of chemicals is easy. This article from Dr. Joseph Mercola via the HUFFPOST covers it well, “Women Beware: Most Feminine Hygiene Products Contain Toxic Ingredients.”
What about toilet paper? We talked a little bit about it and other disposable paper products on Day 5 of our challenge. We learned about the hidden chemicals in toilet paper and how it can affect the water supply and environment, but what about our bodies? Again, we use it often and in very sensitive and absorbent areas, so it’s important that our TP is safe for our bodies.
Disposable diapers? Disposable diapers probably don’t need much explanation on how they are bad for the environment, but… they. are. so. bad! Bad both for the environment and our children. One article I read, reported by ABC news, suggests that they can even contribute to infertility in our boys. See it HERE. Yikes!
And if you still need convincing on how bad they are for the environment, this article does a good job of showing their environmental dangers and impact, “The Dangers of Disposable Diapers.” (It also has a good list of their sources and links for more information. If you are in the diapering stage of parenthood, this is worth checking out.)
And these are only three examples, do we have other bathroom routines that need to be greened?
Today’s Day 19 Challenge:
What areas of your bathroom routine are you doing well and what areas can you work on today? Have you tried a reusable menstrual cup? Organic pads? Recycled and unbleached toilet paper? Cloth diapers? Do you have other great suggestions to help the rest of us?
In our prayers, let’s remember how blessed we are to live in such a wonderful world. One where God’s gifts are abundant and talent is given freely. May our prayers for innovation and change for a cleaner, safer world, be heard and answered.
Spend some time thinking about your bathroom routine. If it’s an area you’ve not considered before, do. Think about the products you use and if how you can green your routine. During this challenge, try changing at least one thing to make your bathroom routine more safe and eco-friendly.
Don’t forget to share! Is there something in one of the articles below that surprises you or caught your attention? Comment below and/or use the hashtag #ChristianGreenLiving to share it with us!
- Why I Quit Clinique for Good! (And Chose Green Products Instead) — by Darlene Goes Green
In this post, I share my personal cosmetics journey and what happened when I started reading labels.
- Green Goods for Your Lady Parts — by SunshineGuerrilla
Nice list of your options!
- “Family Cloths” Reusable Toilet Wipes: Gross or Great? — by Cathrine Winter via Inhabit.com
If you don’t know what they are, you need to read this.
- Demystifying Cloth Nappies — by Carla at Our Amanahs Our Future
Great and honest look at the reality of using cloth diapers while “debunking” myths.
Ready to pin! Thanks for sharing!