Welcome to my interview series, “A greener way of life”, in which I talk to fellow green lifestyle & beauty bloggers to find out more about how, on a day-to-day basis, they manage to lead a green lifestyle. From making more ethical shopping choices, ditching plastic, to growing their own veg, these uber-conscious bloggers can teach all of us a thing or two about making a positive contribution not only to our planet but also to those around us. They say that ‘grass is greener on the other side’ and in the case of these lifestyle bloggers, it probably is 🙂
This week’s interview is with Petra from the Be Healthy Now blog.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.
I am a healthy living advocate with a passion for green beauty and I’ve been running my blog Be Healthy Now for over 3 years now. My blog’s mission is to help people be healthier in order to prevent modern day diseases such as cancer and heart disease (both of my parents died of cancer). I believe in a holistic approach to health – being healthy is not only about healthy eating and exercise; it’s also about natural living and avoiding everyday toxins; it’s about stress management and healthy mind as well.
What does a ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ lifestyle mean to you?
Green lifestyle for me is all about choosing products which are as natural as possible and won’t cause any harm to people or environment. I am a big nature lover so environment is also important to me.
Why is it important to you?
Products which are more natural are better for you and your health. We are already exposed to various environmental toxins and we really don’t need more toxins from the products which we choose to buy. I believe that greener products lead to better health as it means we avoid various toxins, thus we become healthier. My mum died of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and I am quite sure that pesticides/herbicides which she regularly used played a major part in her disease. I do believe that greener products play a part in cancer prevention as well.
What everyday actions do you currently take to help you achieve that sort of lifestyle?
Whatever I put on my skin I make sure it’s as natural as possible – I avoid products with certain synthetic ingredients such as parabens. I also put thought into what I eat and consume. Organic foods are better as they don’t contain pesticides which are bad for you and the environment. I even use special cleaning products and avoid synthetic perfumes and artificial scents which you find in candles, for example.
What other green initiatives would you like to implement in your household?
The next step for me is really looking at what I wear and what materials I use or deal with day-to-day. There is always room for improvement but I see this more as a long-term process which requires a bit of thought as it wouldn’t be easy to make my home 100% green just like that. There is so much plastic everywhere and reducing that is definitely a challenge!
What 5 top tips would you give to someone who wants to lead a more conscious, greener and zero-waste lifestyle?
- Start with what you put on your skin first. Your skin is the largest organ and it absorbs lots of chemicals so it’s important to buy the most natural products for it.
- Buy organic foods as often as you can. Be aware that certain fruits and veg absorb more pesticides and you should always buy them organic, for example apples and carrots.
- When you have a choice, choose glass bottles and glass containers (for drinks, sauces, etc.). This is to avoid BPA and other harmful chemicals leaching from plastic but also because glass is better for the environment and can be easily reused.
- For gardening and growing vegetables, avoid using harmful fertilizers/pesticides, there are natural alternatives out there, just do a search on Google.
- Shop online as you will have more choice and are likely to save money by buying in bulk.
How would you define your natural skincare/ beauty routine?
I spend the most time on my skincare routine in the evening. To remove the dirt and make-up, I use a non-drying face wash or cream cleanser, sometimes I use a balm. I then follow up with a toner and a facial oil. I also use an eye cream. In the morning I just wash my face with water and use a moisturiser and an eye serum afterwards. In winter I also use a facial oil in the morning if I feel I am getting dry patches.
Who do you look up for advice?
I follow a long list of green bloggers and by reading their blogs, I learn new things and discover new beauty tips. When I need advice, I can always turn to Twitter to ask a question but the LoveLula Natural Beauty Club on Facebook is also useful.
What are your 3 natural skincare/ beauty must-haves?
I have lots of must-have beauty products but to narrow it down to my top three:
- Toner – essential for removing last traces of dirt and make-up in order to prevent spots. I keep trying toners from different brands but one of my favourites is from Botanicals.
- Facial oil – great to use instead of moisturiser and for helping my skin to heal and look better. I have several favourites, one of them is Odylique Superfruit Concentrate.
- Natural mineral foundation – essential for me as I get breakouts. I am currently using My Beautiful Earth Satin foundation.
And can YOU share some of your handy tips for leading a greener kind of lifestyle?
If you’re a green lifestyle and/or beauty blogger and you’re interested in being featured in my interview series, then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.