A friend of mine (who isn’t tired of my lengthy “green” fact-fests) asked what type of baby or small-steps she could take without freaking out and reading every label. Over-analyzing our lives is already work itself, no need to complicate things, I agree. While I was finishing up my morning routine, I found just the thing. Replacing this petrolatum product with this green salve.
First difference: the size of the product. How long do people hold onto a jar of Vaseline anyhow? I couldn’t find an expiration date on mine, which could be good or bad depending on your opinion of the twinkie effect. You literally use a dab of the salve, without adding a thick layer of greasiness. The smaller size makes it just the thing to toss in a purse or pocket- even for a quick trail hike.
Next: actual effectiveness. The reviews are hands down 5 out of 5 stars attesting to the Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment. You can use this for anything you would normally use petroleum jelly for- and more even, like bruises and poison ivy. The natural oils are absorbed by your skin to help heal. We have a strict “no blood, no band-aid” rule in our house. It’s easy to think a band-aid can fix everything, but if a paper cut or a small knick is bothering Sillyboy- he can just dab this on himself.
And, of course: it’s green. Green all around. The salve comes in a small metal green tin. The salve itself is dark green color. And the ingredients inside are green- the first two ingredients are sweet almond oil and olive oil. The ingredients on Vaseline= petrolatum is the active ingredient, and… nothing else is listed.
All in all, just try this small salve step. If you can’t remember how old your petroleum jelly is, toss it anyways. After my experience with spraying ethanol around the house, that is one less product I need to slather on. What other baby steps can you take to turn one thing in your life into something green?