Monday, May 3, 2010

Green-Colored Glasses

Habits are hard to change.

I'm accustomed to going into a store, purchasing basically the same things I always buy — paying attention to what's on sale — but overall, the products don't vary too much.

In my effort to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, I've started paying attention to ingredients in the products I use. Many are things I do not recognize.
I've been using Pantene Pro-V shampoo. Reading the list of ingredients reminds me of high school chemistry. Suffixes such as -ate and -ide populate the list. Chemicals.

OK, it's not exactly shocking there are chemicals in my shampoo. I certainly don't claim to be an expert on chemistry, and to be honest, I don't know where these chemicals come from or what effects the have on me or the environment after they wash down the drain.

Maybe they're harmful. Maybe they aren't so bad.

Either way, I'd feel better buying products I know are safe. Unfortunately, these tend to cost substantially more.

My shampoo supply is getting low, and I'm trying to figure out which eco-friendly brand I can find for a more affordable price.

The other day, I was at Walmart looking through the natural "beauty" products. Each bottle of shampoo for various brand was about $8 — about double the price of Pantene Pro-V, in a much smaller bottle.

Although I don't mind to pay a little more for "natural" and "organic" products, more than double the cost is not going to fit into my budget.

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