I’m Conflicted (what else is new?!?)

June 28, 2012

I was recently chosen to be a part of a “Green Works Community.” I don’t know if the purpose is for people that have not been exposed to Green Works products to become exposed to them. I, however, am very familiar with the Green Works line. Everyone that was chosen was a fellow “Mommy Blogger” and I think all have some relationship with Federated Media (the company that provides the ads along the side of my blog).

Awhile ago I blogged (you can read about it here) about “green” living. And the conclusion is that I’m torn.

I think we live in a world where there are too many chemicals, too many additives and too many dangerous things that we are exposed to everyday. C’mon, I’ve seen Erin Brockovich! Our waters are contaminated, our air is foggy (especially today) and our food has ingredients that sound like they should be a component in dynamite rather than the crackers we ingest.

Then there are things out there like autism that has no clear answers. People in our lives are diagnosed with diseases and the only answer to cure these diseases are exposure to more dangerous chemicals. Then we find out that our toys are painted with dangerous lead paints and our bottles have dangerous plastic chemicals like BPA. Next you are going to tell me that the vaccines my doctor and schools want my children to have are dangerous 😉

How do we keep our children safe? Is there a vaccine for that? Is it eating an all organic menu? Is it cleaning with all “green” products? Is it recycling? Is it composting? It’s easy for a paranoid person, such as myself, to fall victim to it all. I want to sign up for anything to keep my kids safe, my family healthy and the world a better place for everyone.

Shortly after we became a one income household with two mortgages, I learned that I was going to have to let some of this go. I’m not going to deprive my kids of fruits and vegetables because I can’t afford the organic stuff. I needed to cave and buy a gas guzzling minivan. Maybe I’m lazy or a hypocrite but it is what it is.

I still believe that if you eat a naked diet, you may be healthier. I still believe that organic products are superior. I still believe in avoiding medication if possible, exposure to harsh chemicals is bad and the more I can make from scratch with natural ingredients the better.

This is my long winded way of saying how thrilled I was to be chosen to participate in the Green Works Community. I loved getting a bunch of samples – mainly the compostable wipes which I usually avoid indulging in because they are more expensive and are the most unbelievably handy household cleaning tool. I am thrilled to be able to support a brand that is working hard to mainstream green households with less abrasive chemicals to clean the places your children eat, play and make their messes in. And the best part of it all is that Green Works has a great, more affordable product. (I love getting their all-purpose spray and dish soap at Costco for a very reasonable price).

Thank you Green Works for all you do! Here’s hoping other corporations follow their lead!

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