Let's make a change...

For those of you new to Coloring Nature here is a little background.

I have always been a plant/flower lover. Something about a new plant popping up from the ground gives me joy like nothing else. A new bouquet of fresh flowers on my table, watching the bees buzzing on a shrub, seeing the hummingbirds eat from a newly opened bud....these are all things that I have always loved. In 2009 I made the decision to go back to school for Environmental Horticulture at Lake Washington Technical College. Over the course of a year I learned so much about gardening and my enthusiasm soared. I decided to start my own business. Fast forward over 5 years and my husband, Warren, and I have built a really fun and rewarding business and lifestyle for ourselves.

I have always leaned toward a more "natural" lifestyle. I have been a devoted recycler since I can remember, I sleep on an organic bed without the off gas of many mattresses, I have chosen to eat organic foods whenever possible, I have grown my business around the principle of not using chemicals, and we buy local and used products for our succulents.

It's only natural that when a good friend of mine starting working for a company, Beautycounter, that makes toxic free skincare, I started purchasing my products from her. I had no idea that the products I was using had potential health concerns. I didn't know that the baby shampoo I was using on my newborn son had a chemical in it linked to cancer...the bottle said natural, I was trusting too much.

After a year of being a customer I decided to join as a consultant for this company who's mission is to get safe products in the hands of everyone.

Last night I went to a screening of the documentary, The Human Experiment. I'll tell you that movie upped the level at which I'm concerned. IF YOU AREN'T OUTRAGE, YOU'RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. Well, I'm paying attention and I'm ready for you to as well. There are safer choices out there, and it's about starting small, with a safer shampoo for your family. Choosing not to buy plastic. Choosing organic food. Throwing away your perfume. Cleaning with nontoxic producst. These choices all come naturally as you get more informed.

FACTS:

Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.

The United States has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.

Check out the following links if you're ready for a wake up call...you should be.

To watch the trailor: http://thehumanexperimentmovie.com/
To check out Beautycounter's mission: https://cariann.beautycounter.com/our-story#ourmission
To get informed and involved: http://www.watoxics.org/

Now I'm off to recycle all my plastic containers. Switching to glass.