Now that we’re a good week into 2017, let’s look back at 2016. Sorta. I’m not going to talk about politics. I’m thinking more about my cruelty free and minimizing projects, and anything else that came up during the year.
Still doin’ it. I found it wasn’t as hard as I thought. I think I did get caught up in ordering products and I’ve decided to make some adjustments. I don’t live in a metropolis where there are lots of places for me to go find product. Make up isn’t that big of a deal for me as I don’t wear it that often. The big problem is some cleaning products. Laundry specifically. Two major brands now technically fall into my don’t buy category. Method started testing on invertebrates, which they don’t consider animals and is also required by law in their home country (I think they hail from the UK). Seventh Generation now has a parent company. This is a big blow it my little rural area of Florida. Yes, I have switched to things like Dr. Bronner’s for floor and general cleaning but I have a high-efficiency washing machine that says it must have high-efficiency laundry soap. Nothing on Dr. Bronner’s website indicates that it’s he compatible. I really don’t know why he machines need special soap or what would happen if I didn’t use the required soap. But, I also don’t want to find out that it really does need he soap by having to buy a new machine because I didn’t use he soap.
What does this mean? Well, I’m gonna have to let the whole parent company thing slide if nothing else is available locally. And by locally, I mean in my own town. I ordered too much stuff last year and as much as I want to be cruelty free, I also want to reduce waste. Yes, I recycle but the area I live in doesn’t place a priority on recycling so they don’t really have the best program. So, I have to do more to reduce waste.
Something else came up during my cruelty free journey. There are arguments out there that you can’t really be cruelty free and still eat animal products. I call bullshit to this because no one knows what kind of dietary restrictions another person has. Just a few days ago I heard a tale of someone that had gone cold vegan and it almost killed them. Partly because they didn’t do any research about it before giving up all animal products. And, partly because they didn’t know they had a soy allergy. Around about July I realized that I just don’t eat that much meat and it probably wouldn’t be that difficult to stop eating it all together. So, I’m vegetarian now. Considering my aversion to food and eating in general, it hasn’t been totally easy but it hasn’t been hard, either.
Didn’t get very far on this one. And, I still have a long way to go. Just before I sat down to type this, I spent the day dismantling a dining room table that I don’t use for anything other than keeping crap on and changing the space into a new office of sorts. I like it much better. At least, tonight I do. It feels like a better use of the space I have. Of course, I have a bunch of crap to sort through that is now, once again, consuming my kitchen island. sigh The room formally known as Office is to become a mini gym. I wasn’t feeling well yesterday, which lead to the ordering of an elliptical. I don’t know how those relate but it happened. I’ve also got a bike on a trainer that will go in the room with it. TV? Maybe. I don’t really like the idea of buying another TV but I’m more inclined to workout longer if I can binge Supernatural while I’m at it.
No badge from Goodreads this year. It was a horrible reading year. I’d like to say that I just need to make more time for it. But, I’ve set myself up for even more projects this year. We’ll see how it goes.
So, how was your 2016?