You either believe in science or you don't. I do. Bill Nye does.
I was watching Bill Nye when he was doing his kid show, back in the old days. If you don't know who he is Bill Nye the Science Guy is an American half-hour live action science program that originally aired from September 10, 1993, to June 20, 1998, and was hosted by Bill Nye. The show aired on PBS on October 10, 1994 to March 1, 1999 and was also syndicated to local stations. The show aired for a total of 100 half-hour episodes spanning over five seasons. I was fascinated with him. He helped bring science to life. You can catch his first season, 33 episodes on Netflix, and you'll become obsessed, too. Now he's back with a great new series on Netflix, Bill Nye Saves the World - I love it.
There's a lot of chatter today about climate change and science. I think I was born 61 years ago with brain concerned about the planet before scientists were really studying it. I don't know if the humans on this planet will destroy this planet or not. My gut says we will. But I run my soap business as well as my personal life with this thought in mind: I do not want my grandchildren or their children, or their's to ever say, "Did our grandmother do her part?", as their world slowly becomes unfit for human life, or any life for that matter.
I am not delusional. I don't think any one person can do everything in their personal life that insures a healthy planet. We, at least in America, lead a life of "throw away", and "buy, buy, buy," without regard to the future repercussions. I do what I can, and you should, too. Just a few changes by the masses could make a difference when we add it all up. These are some of the things I do to make a difference:
- I buy the bulk of my clothes at second hand shops. Perfectly good tee-shirts, jackets, and jeans are then repurposed. I like that.
- Old tee shirts continue their lives in my house when I cut them in strips and make "rope". We have tee-shirt balls all over the house and in the soap factory. The rope also comes in hand when I sew and need piping.
- I NEVER buy water in plastic bottles, and cringe when I see people drinking out of them. I found these FABULOUS glass water bottles that I have been using for years! They are made by LifeFactory. Yes, they have a silicone sleeve that keeps the glass from breaking, but I use my tap water and fill my 12 oz. glass Lifefactory bottle at least twice a day. Having used these bottles for about 4 years, I have NOT put 2816 non-biodegradable plastic bottles into our oceans! Imagine.
- Of course I recycle glass, plastics, cans, paper.
- I compost.
- I choose organic when I can.
- Except for house guests, I never buy washcloths. I take old towels needing replacement, rip them up and wallah! Rags and washcloths. If I was so-inspired or had the time, I could finish the edges with a Tee-shirt scraps trim...to date, I'm too lazy for that task - but, I could!
I list but a few things I do just to show that doing SOMETHING doesn't have to be overwhelming. Lots of little things add up to big things that can matter.
What can you do? As a soapmaker, proud of not contaminating the planet and creating something that can be enjoyed and enhance your life, I strongly encourage you to BUY HOMEMADE SOAP. I don't even care if you buy is from me, just stop with the plastic bottled "soap", chemically infused soap because it's easier, or so you think. Handmade soap gives you a tactile experience you can revel in. It's good for the planet. It's good for your skin. I know it's more expensive, but treated right, lasts longer and leaves no slimy film on your skin.