A quick look at the ingredients list on the back of the household products we use to clean our homes could precipitate an ecological crisis.  "How in the world do we keep up with our household chores without succumbing to a host of toxic chemicals of unknown origin and impact.

I come by my environmental advocate roots honestly.  I am a child of the 70's, coming to age as the country woke up to the dangers of pollution and the EPA was established to begin systemically protecting our environment.  I chose the "hippie" paradigm for its interest in understanding and living closely to the earth.  My first home was a reclaimed 100-year-old log cabin, rescued from the kudzu of central NC and upgraded with solar panels and surrounded by the organic gardens that were to provide my seminal education in home chemicals.

in the late 1980's I moved to the mountains of NC and reclaimed another home , this one smack dab in the middle of Asheville.  This home became the inspiration for the architectural salvage company, Preservation Hall, that was to give my family a foothold into the social mobility that entrepreneurship and hard work afford.  Before the business took off, as I embraced motherhood for the first time, I approached homemaking with an eye to minimizing the chemicals that came into our home.

As part of that educational process I began writing a column for our local independent newspaper Greenline now the Mountain Xpress. My column was called "Ecologically Speaking, Hints for a Healthier Planet. It ran for about a year (1991-1992) before my business took off and the demands of my family grew.  I am going to reprise a few of those columns with you on the pages of my new website, within the sector of my website devoted to Climate Steward Homes.

I hope you find something of worth in these small articles.  They are old fashioned and simple home-make solutions and tactics for the daily household chores.  Or, you may, like I have, find comfort in choosing products that do the job without harming the environment. Either way....enjoy...and let's at least try to "do no harm!"

There's a lot of talk these days about what doesn't  work - how our present ways of living are destroying our environment.  So many of the seemingly innocent things we do in our day have a far greater impact on this, our home planet, than most of us realize.  yet too often, the DON'Ts are not followed by alternatives, suggestions for what we can DO.

Ecologically Speaking- Hints for a Healthier Planet- Robin Cape

First printed November 1991 Green Line Asheville NC

There's a lot of talk these days about what doesn't  work - how our present ways of living are destroying our environment.  So many of the seemingly innocent things we do in our day have a far greater impact on this, our home planet, than most of us realize.  yet too often, the DON'Ts are not followed by alternatives, suggestions for what we can DO.

This column will be a forum for all of us, a place where we can share simple, practical, everyday ways to help make our world cleaner, safer and saner.  A kind of "Dear Heloise" of helpful hints for the earth-wise.  Just by being human on this earth we are bound to affect it, but we must start "living lighter" if we hope to share a cleaner tomorrow.  Please write to me (used to be Green Line, but now is robincape@gmail.com) with your ideas, successes, suggestions and comments.

Here's to a more natural and resourceful care-taking of our shared home. Note: Hints will be grouped by subject matter so you can clip them, paste them to the back of that cardboard you cut from an old cereal box (recycling the rest of the box, of course) and file them for easy reference.  - Robin November 1991

 

Nowadays, I have to admit, I don't take the time to make my own household cleaning products, but instead look for the most environmentally-friendly ones I can find.  It has been a frustrating search, looking for quality, price and effectiveness, and keeping our home stocked for the products when we need them, but just recently my cousin enticed me to try the Legacy of Clean products that he sells.  

I enjoy knowing that the products have a long history of environmental awards and that they support a grass roots economy.  They are sold in concentrated form reducing the weight of the water, inherent in all cleaning products, in the transportation cycle.  You dilute them at home yourself.  Of course, the prices are higher for the concentrate, but diluted to the proper mixture they are a good bargain for such quality products.

If you are interested in trying them too, please visit my retail website.   If you register as a customer on my site I can offer you free shipping on your purchases. (This discount needs to be applied before you check out of your cart, so please allow me 24 hours to activate your discount after your registration and before your order.) I hope you find these products as useful in your home as we do in ours.