Part II: Going Green in Grimsby with Mrs. Greenway

My journey into natural, eco-friendly products began with sleepless nights and a bottle of Lavender Essential Oil. I had no expectation that it would work, but I realized that after a week of rubbing a drop of lavender oil on my feet at bedtime, it was no longer taking me 1-2 hours to fall asleep at night. It was empowering to feel like I could do something naturally, to help myself feel better.

I have gradually been adding other products to my daily life:

  • A diffuser to replace candles
  • Coconut oil to remove my makeup
  • Peppermint oil to help with headaches
  • Lemon oil to replace my cleaning products

Thanks to Christine at Mrs. Greenway in Grimsby, I have discovered “Live for Tomorrow” laundry detergent. I love the smell of lavender, so this gentle scent is comforting when I open up my closet and pick out a fresh towel or hang up a clean sweater. However, my husband isn’t a fan of floral scents so I am going to get a bottle of the unscented Live for Tomorrow detergent to use on his clothes.

Laundry Day

After testing the first couple loads of laundry with this new detergent, here’s what I already love about it: Live for Tomorrow detergent requires much less soap per load of laundry than the brands I have used in the past. I only needed three squirts for a load of delicates! It’s made this way to reduce water usage in its production process. It’s a product I feel good using, knowing it’s eco-friendly, plant and mineral based, not tested on animals, and free of dyes and fragrances.

To top it off, I have completely converted to natural soaps, and in my search for a fresh scent, Christine directed me to this delightfully scented grapefruit, goat milk bar by Zum Bar. The ingredients are: Saponified 100% food grade olive, coconut, palm and castor oils, in a goat’s milk base, with pure essential oils and mineral pigments. It’s so fresh and leaves my skin feeling as soft as a baby.

Through my conversation with Christine, I have felt so encouraged to celebrate the little things. Rather than feeling discouraged by all the ways I could be doing more to help the environment, her words have helped me recognize every time I use three drops of lemon oil to clean the bathroom, every time I remember to turn off a light or the fact that now I won’t need to buy a box of dryer sheets for a long time. This has been a mental habit getting me through a busy season – cheering myself on for every little thing I can check off a to-do list, every time I pack myself a healthy lunch or every time I leave my work desk to go for a 10-minute walk. Even if it’s not as often as I want. I think we’re all doing the best we can, and I am grateful to have a place like Mrs. Greenway to help me along my journey right here in Grimsby.

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