I enjoyed a couple of more peaceful days at work this week. My boss has been in back to back meetings which accounted for much more relaxed (and more productive) staff. My colleague Jenny stopped by at my desk a few times and we chatted about personal life, past vacations and plans for the weekend (both of us will ‘play it by ear’). Jenny showed me most recent photos of her children and I pulled out some shots of my nieces and a brand new, two week old nephew. Jenny also shared with me a super cute story about a five inch long, flying cockroach that she saw in our kitchenette area. Well, it actually flew out of one of the disposable cups as she attempted to make herself a cup of coffee.
As we enjoyed our rare chit-chat, another colleague stopped by –
“hey guys, have you seen that video about the Chinese fake rice? It’s all over Facebook”
” You know, when they put plastic bags into a rice making machine and make fake rice out of it”
At which point I had to pick up a phone call, temporarily missing out on the fake rice story.
Well, since I remembered it later that day, I googled it and it seems like other countries are guilty as well, not just China. I am posting if below for your convenience so you do not need to search for it.
Anyway, it’s just another fiasco adding to all the GMO, fake Chinese eggs (yep, you’ll find them on YouTube as well), fake green peas and fake sweet potato noodles. It actually turns out that all of these is just a GMO and pesticides loaded corn.
As I finished watching the fake ‘everything’ video, I clicked on another one only to learn that the ‘Dawn’ I am using to wash my dishes has really sucky ingredients too. Actually, it is in the bottom 5 brands as far as healthy ingredients are concerned. After the ‘Dawn’ I also re-confirmed that basically half of my beauty products, including toothpaste are in the absolute “No” category.
I mean deep down I know that if you cannot pronounce the ingredient, it is probably not that good for you. I also know that Seventh Generation, Nature Gate or other organic / vegan brands are the way to go but you know how it is. Other products are much cheaper, also we get used to them. Dawn, Colgate, Palmolive, I just grab them. I combine coupons or I buy them at a local Dollar Tree for $1.09 a piece . But of course, at the end of the day nothing is more expensive than treating cancer that all these products may be causing.
One small change at a time, I figured, as I searched for natural dish liquid on Amazon Prime (through my work’s account). After 5 minutes of searching I pulled a trigger and purchased Seventh Generation all natural clementine zest & lemongrass scent 6 pack. $17.50 for six 25 oz bottles. Wow, I thought, that’s expensive but worth it. After all, we are using dishes every day so I want to ensure we don’t eat any toxins at a dinner time.
That’s expensive but worth it…
Hmm… Then it hit me. Let me think about the price here for a moment. Is it really that expensive? I usually buy a 9 oz bottle of Dawn at a local Dollar Tree for $1.09. Let’s do some 3rd grade math here:
6 bottles of 25 oz liquid = 150 oz (Seventh Generation) = $17.50
150 oz / 9 oz = 16.66 (to get the same amount of liquid, I would need to buy 16.66 bottles of 9 oz Dawn)
16.66 * 1.09 = 18.16 (to buy 16.66 bottles of Dawn at $1.09 each, I would need to spend $18.16)
$17.50 for the best, natural stuff vs. $18.16 for something of much lower quality.
Think Mariana, think!
So I took a second step and ordered a bulk (6) pack of another healthy, all natural ingredients product –
Curious to hear your thoughts on the topic. Do you always care that your cosmetics, beauty and household products are are of only natural ingredients?