Pursuing A Restorative Lifestyle

Years of experience and research reveals that the relentless consumption of some has devastating consequences on the poorest people in the world.

The planet’s resources are being depleted and destroyed at a rapid rate. This is not how God intended it. 

We believe that a world where everyone can flourish is possible. It requires a change in our mindsets and actions. It requires us to live differently.

We know how time-consuming it can be to search for products that are kinder to the earth, our bodies, and our neighbors. As an organization committed to sustainability and creation care, we are here to help you on your journey toward more mindful consumption habits. We’ve developed a guide to encourage and help you determine which steps to take to better care for creation and your global neighbors. Here are some examples of what you’ll find in Flourish: An Introduction to Living Sustainably:

1. Did you know that up to up to 3000 synthetic chemical ingredients are used by the air freshener industry - which you spray all over your house to “freshen” it? 

Instead of an air freshener, switch to natural and organic incense, oils, candles. Products like Essential Oils, Shine Candles, Claro Candles, Scents of India, and Scentsy are good options to make your home smell fresh. 

2. Every day, the average woman uses a dozen products (containing an average of 160 chemicals) – often all before breakfast? 

Not only are these chemicals hazardous and harmful to your skin and body, but they also take a toll on your carbon footprint and contribute to global warming, too. There are three criteria we suggest to look for when buying products: 

  • organic
  • not tested on animals 
  • paraben-free

If you need a starting place, here are some excellent brands that meet these criteria: Aveda, Aubrey, Body Shop, EO, Kiss My Face, Au Naturale, Beauty without Cruelty, Thistle Farms, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Olive Naturally.

As you can see, the products we use every day have an impact on the lives of others and our world. The more responsible we are in our consumption, the more restorative our lives become. 

For more helpful tips, download our free lifestyle guide. It is full of ideas for sustainable cleaning supplies, personal care supplies, and home goods. We pray it supports and encourages you.

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