Are you treading lightly on this earth?
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We are greatly concerned about the state of our beautiful Mother Earth. As part of our Earthtribe, we feel you must be as well.

Why? 

This month, on 2nd August 2017, we reached Earth Overshoot Day (EOD).  What does this mean? In the simplest of terms, we have reached the day that humanity’s resource consumption for 2017 has exceeded Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources for this year.

Perhaps many people still hold onto the hope that the earth has limitless resources for us to use, survive on, exploit and often – unfortunately – abuse but this is certainly not the case. For as long as She (mother earth) has existed, she has provided enough for humanity to subsist on and been able to replenish those resources for her next revolution around the sun, year in and year out. As the population of humanity has grown, and the demands of human beings along with it, we have begun to exhaust her resources past her capacity to replenish them fast enough.

In short, we are going into ecological debt. 

“Why should this affect me?” you may ask. For many of us, this issue has not been truly felt (yet) because we are privileged and will be able to use that as a shield for a little while. For now, this will affect the poorest and most vulnerable on earth – members of our tribe, nonetheless! This extends to all beings, not only humans.

This beautiful quote from Thomas Moore is so apt:

“Earth is not a platform for human life, it’s a living being, we’re not on it but part of it. Its health is our health”.

Now we have given enough focus on the problem, what is the solution?

How do we go forward in the hope of beginning to neutralise and, ideally, reverse the negative impact humanity has already made? Now, we don’t want to make human beings out to be destructive and malicious at heart. We believe that people inherently want to do good, be better. It is often a question of ignorance to the issues, becoming disconnected from nature through the modern lifestyle, and people in power disseminating misinformation to keep themselves rich and us in the dark. But, as the light of consciousness shines into those shady corners and makes that which was invisible, visible, we can no longer turn a blind eye to what is really going on, nor keep doing things the way we have been. We need to start treading lightly upon this earth.

 The question is, how? 

When the problem seems so overwhelmingly large and advanced, you might wonder how your actions as just one person can have a positive impact. Well, they can! Not only can our actions have a positive impact on the earth, they can also impact and inspire others. Sometimes you are called to step up and do things differently – maybe you are the first one in your community but, often, it just takes one person to do what everyone knows deep down is the right thing and resonates, the first person follows, and then before you know it, it has spread to the whole tribe! We are also one, part of one organism, so thankfully what is right is also CONTAGIOUS!

There is so much more that can be said on the subject – we will be elaborating in our next blog post coming out this Thursday – but for now…

Here is a little shopping list we’ve put together, containing very simple, green, clean and easily obtainable items you can afford on a budget! Together, these eco-friendly products can go a long way in covering your basic cleaning and personal hygiene needs, with additional uses and benefits! Not only that, 90% are local (African) which means that they don’t have a large footprint.  And they are versatile – most have many uses, last long and will help you in minimising your impact, treading lightly and being kind to our benevolent and incredible Mother Earth!

Shopping List:

  1. White spirit vinegar – this is a cheap, eco-friendly and very versatile ingredient that should be on any shopping list if you want to live more consciously! You can use it to clean your entire house, as a preservative, in cooking, as a tonic, to eliminate odours, remove water marks from your wooden furniture, remove stains from clothing, the list is almost endless!
  2. Bicarbonate of soda – another wonder-ingredient that is cheap, green and versatile! You can also use it in cleaning your house, removing odours, cleaning your jewellery, removing pesticides from your fruit and vegetables, as an ingredient in homemade mouth wash, to make your own toothpaste, the uses go on!
  3. African black soapmade with a base of organic shea butter, cocoa butter and the ashes of cocoa pods, this is an amazingly versatile and 100% African product. It lasts for up to two months, and goes a long way as you can use it as a shampoo, body and face wash! It is also rich in anti-ageing nutrients like vitamins A and E and absorbs toxins and odours!
  4. Eco friendly shopping bag – plastic is a very harmful material and cannot be digested by the earth. Eliminate the need for single use plastic by investing in an eco-friendly (preferably locally made) shopping bag for you to keep reusing! 
  5. Menstrual cupmedically approved, locally made, 100% pure silicone cup works as a non-absorbent reusable barrier cup that collects menstrual blood. Not only does it last the equivalent of 1200 sanitary pads, it is eco-friendly and does not create any waste. There is nothing to throw away or run out of!
  6. Natural laundry powder – it is a lesser known fact that regular commercial laundry powders are full of harmful chemicals that have a negative impact on your skin and the environment. It contains just 5 ingredients, lasts long and is completely green. Try adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil to your load for a fresher feeling! 
  7. Bamboo toothbrush – these are made of sustainably sourced bamboo, last long, and can even be thrown onto your compost heap when you are done! They will biodegrade into the soil, without pollution! 
  8. Neem oil – this inexpensive 100% African wonder oil has so many benefits and uses, it’s hard to list them all! Not only is it an excellent anti-aging moisturising oil, packed full of anti-viral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties as well as vitamin E, other essential amino acids and some percentages of fatty acids. It can be used to stimulate hair growth, to soothe skin conditions such as eczema and acne, to treat scars, you can use it to make your own toothpaste and mouthwash as well as insecticides! And many more… 
  9. Moringa powder – this nutrient rich 100% African superfood contains a total of 90 nutrients and 46 antioxidants. It helps in boosting your immune system, getting better sleep, decreased anxiety, better blood sugar control, healthy cell functioning as well as giving your body and brain the essentials for optimum vitality. It’s also great for the skin if eaten with food, and can be used in homemade face masks to give your skin a special glow. 
  10. Bokashi bran – this nutrient rich fermented wheat bran is inexpensive, easy to find, and helps you make your own compost, which can be used in your own garden, or someone else’s (if you don’t have one). This means that no food ever needs to go to waste, as it will go back into the ground to fertilise new life. 

Have fun treading lightly on earth!

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