I have always been a voracious reader! For some reason, I can't seem to satisfy my constant need for new information, with regards to those topics of interest I am most passionate about! I also LOVE self-directed learning, and, as an Educator, Culinary Nutrition Expert and Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™, immersing myself in nutrition, health and wellness-based literature is part of my day-to-day!
I typically have a few books (on different topics!) on the go at once, dipping into each of them as frequently as possible to keep the learning going!
Right now, I'm thoroughly enjoying Canadian Journalist (and green living expert) Adria Vasil's Ecoholic Body: Your Ultimate Earth-Friendly Guide to Living Healthy & Looking Good. This invaluable and indispensable guide that reviews countless personal care products gives you the straight-up perspective on just how ecologically-friendly AND effective head-to-toe personal care products are, including those manufacturers who tend to exaggerate particular certifications and claims.
This literature encompasses information pertaining to the following categories of products that come into contact with our bodies on a regular basis:
- Body Care Basics
- Skin Care
- Body Maintenance
- Hair Care
- Sex and Contraception
- Natural Health Products
- Environmental Health
- Health Care System
- Jewellery and Accessories
- Kids and Babies
- Big Issues
Within the sections, Adria Varsil provides rated reviews on various well-known personal care product brands, including both a legend-based rating and brief description about what you most need to know about the product. From there, the review certainly helps you determine whether it is a product to boycott, or a product you'd like to investigate further and potentially invest in. With the swarms and swarms of brands and products available to us, a narrowed-down list certainly saves us both time, money and ill health. Periodically throughout the text, Adria also provides make-it-yourself recipe alternatives for commonly-used products. The process is often simpler than one thinks!
Additionally, this literature offers a Resources section at the back that encompasses the following:
This resource includes the low-down on terms such as Biodegradable, CFC-Free, Fair Trade Certified and Hypoallergenic, among others.
This resource exposes the numerous types of harmful plastics that have infiltrated our world, including High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Polystyrene (PS), to name a few!
*Green Plastics Guide
This resource delves into whether plastics claimed to be "Green Plastics" are in fact green, or not.
*Directory of Green Clothing Stores
This Canadian directory of both online stores and retail stores categorizes stores by province - certainly a helpful tool in narrowing down your search and maximizing your time!
*Directory of Green Baby/Kids' Shops
This Canadian directory of both online stores and retail stores is also categorized by province, for ease.
Lastly, a comprehensive Glossary addresses all subject-specific vocabulary the literature has to offer!
Given all that I've learned from this book, it has certainly become one of my go-to personal care product resources. I look forward to exploring more of Adria Vasil's Work, including Ecoholic and Ecoholic Home, a few of her other publications. You may learn more about Adria Vasil here.
*To view Adria' "Mean 15" list, click here. These "Mean 15" ingredients are particular ingredient label offenders to be on the lookout for.