As you know, a few weeks back I attended the 2nd annnual Shift Con Conference, a social media conference with an emphasis on all things green. I went with one of my best friends, Kate, and we had a blast. It was so fun reconnecting with old friends, and making new friends and finding out the latest and greatest in the eco-community.
Here are 5 new things that I learned while at ShiftCon:
5. There’s a space for everyone at the green table
OK, this really isn’t NEW-NEW, per se, but it is a great reminder. The green movement can be very intimidating and there is space for everyone. If you idea of green is buying organic produce, welcome! If your idea of green is composting and raising chickens, welcome! If your idea of green is living off the grid in a cabin in the woods– you probably aren’t reading this, but if you are, welcome! All shades of green are welcome and honored in the green movement.
4. “Natural” does not necessarily mean good.
Oftentimes, companies will slap the word “natural” on products to sell more stuff. After all, what’s better than natural? But here’s the thing: Lead is a natually occuring metal common in beauty products (Pb on the periodic table of elements) that is also a harmful neurotoxin. Natural meat products are products that contain no artifical ingrediants or colors and are only minimally processed. Natural really means nothing. Also, we wary of “lead-free” or “preservative-free” on beauty products. If there is water in the beauty product, there also has to be a preservative in that product. Choosing products like Beautycounter will help you to minimze the unnessarty chemicals and additives in your beauty products.
3. The US Government requires 5 elements of safety, and flame retardants are not one
Companies like Naturepedic, pass the flammability test by using materials that are normally flame resistant, like cotton and wool rather than polyurethane foam. This allows for them to not have to add chemical flame retardants to their mattresses and pillows.
2. I will wear a giant calevera if it means free candy.
There’s not much more to say about that, except, that you should really try the dark chocolate, crispy quinoa peanut butter cups. Seriously.
1. You are never too old for poofy skirts.
The last night of the event was the night to dress up. Last year I met Abigail here at ShiftCon and we quickly became Twitter buddies. I was so glad to see her again and even more tickled when we both showed up in poofy skirts. Take note, ladies, you are never too old for poofy or twirly skirts.
I’m already counting the days until Shift Con 16 and I will be sharing more brands and news with you in the coming weeks! I even have a giveaway up my sleeve!
Until next time!