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Carien

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Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in South Africa in an area called the Swartland (Black Land). I live on a small holding (Homestead) and I am a full time house wife with one husband (yes, only one), one son, one dog, a few sheep and plenty of chickens. Living as natural as possible is a passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I tend to post healthy food recipes, green tips and information on natural and organic and natural living.

We have all heard about global warming and the heated debates surrounding it. As we witness the destruction of our planet and see the effects of global warming on our environment, we are painfully made aware that it’s not the future generation’s problem anymore. Living our lives in a country poor with natural resources like clean water and unpolluted air, we sometimes struggle to see our personal contribution impact effectively on the environment.

I recently started thinking about the effects of antibiotics and antibacterial agents in our daily food, water and living environments. To be honest, it’s all a bit daunting. Is it really completely avoidable? I personally like to believe every little bit we are able to do, helps. In my opinion, this is the case in all aspects of life.

It’s been commonly accepted through growing up with store bought skincare and beauty products that it is safe to use. After all, manufacturers have our best interest at heart, right? They would never knowingly put any harmful ingredients in their products solely to increase their bottom line, would they? That type of naivety died along with the last century. We as consumers need to take it upon us to educate ourselves in the beauty products we expose ourselves and our family to. Every day, without even giving it much thought we buy into extravagant marketing campaigns that influence our thinking about a brand. Without even knowing what ingredients are put into the soaps, lotions, shampoos and conditioners we readily expose our families to. Our buying patterns have fallen victim to a herd mentality.