Earth Day… a new idea? Let’s travel back a generation when plastic didn’t encase and guard nearly everything we bought. When people knew where their food on their plates came from, and family farms were large enough to produce and make a fair profit, but not so large that they became big business. Life just seemed more simple and safe, the air fresher and cleaner, and kids had rosy cheeks and healthy bodies as a result of plenty of outdoor play.
“Paper, plastic or box?” I think food store baggers must say that in their sleep. As I place my items in my tote, I think of when I was a child and even though we didn’t use the word “Green”, we put that philosophy in action every day in nearly every way, from diapering baby to knowing that the proper place for trash was in the trash can, not along highways, country roads, streams, and the lakes of America.
Babies wore cloth diapers, either washed at home and hung out in the sunshine to sanitize and dry, or a diaper service delivered clean, cloth diapers to your home once a week. Disposables? We had never heard of them. Soda bottles, milk bottles, and beer bottles–all glass–were returned empty to the store (a few cents back!) and sent to a factory where they were washed, sterilized, and then refilled with product. I actually don’t remember much of anything being made out of plastic, but when it was, somehow, it just seemed to last longer. When we mailed a package, we wrapped it up in yesterday’s newspaper to prevent breakage; no Styrofoam packing peanuts, no bubble wrap. We re-used cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, or even a paper sack cut open, print side down, plain brown on the outside. I didn’t know anyone who owned an automatic dishwasher–the “dishwasher” was the mom, or whoever’s turn it was that week to stand on a chair in front of the kitchen sink, and scrub away. Bonus: garden dirt under little fingernails was whisked down the drain.
My mother washed off aluminum foil and re-used it. My job was to grab my father’s flat carpenter pencil and smooth out the creases–I sometimes got a little carried away and smoothed it into a few smaller pieces. We kept a water jug in the fridge; if the water line was below a certain mark on the side of the jug, it was that person’s job to refill before placing it back in the fridge. We rarely went out to eat–only on an occasional vacation, otherwise, all meals were cooked at home with fresh from the backyard garden vegetables.
Most families had only one TV, and usually, just one radio, which by the way, were controlled by the parents. Homes weren’t over-loaded with multiple, electric-guzzling appliances. Mom patched our hand-me-down clothing, sewed popped buttons back on, and darned holes in our socks. Our shoes were of the Made In America quality which were actually repaired, not thrown out. No drink boxes– our metal school lunch boxes were packed with a thermos full of hot soup or cold milk. That same thermos was brought back home, washed and re-used. If by chance we used a paper sack, we had orders from Mom to “Bring your sack back home!” And we didn’t carry around a plastic water bottle that ended up in the trash–if you wanted a drink, you found the nearest public water fountain. People rode on public buses, kids rode bikes or walked. It was the norm for the family to own only one car, and teens had to ask for the privilege of using it. And here’s one that may very well bring you to tears… I remember gasoline being 32 cents a gallon.
Much has changed over time, but one idea is as relevant today as when the phrase was first coined… “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”. J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar is a fresh, healthy and smart choice each day for you and the world. Containing no unpronounceable chemicals, biodegradable, multi-tasking, and thrifty. To put it plainly, using this shampoo bar just makes all around good sense now and for future generations.
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I stumbled upon a few bits of Early American folk wisdom the other day, and remembering how the recipe for what eventually became J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar was first found in an old New England cookbook, I thought there might be a bit of interest in how things were done in “simpler” times, although their concept of “simple” is debatable.
“Try the oldest recipe for fine hair shampoo and softener. Just beat up a fresh egg and rub into the hair. It sounds messy and takes four washes to complete the shampoo, but it is effective.”
Four washes? Ummm… I think I’ll stay with J.R. LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar; not messy at all— save the eggs for breakfast.
“Take an air bath. Benjamin Franklin rose each morning at daybreak, got out of bed and passed half an hour in his chamber without any clothes. This, he said, refreshed as much as a complete bath in water.”
Perhaps in a day and age when you had to haul water from a stream, or use an indoor hand pump, fire up a wood stove, heat the water, and then pour into a large tub; yes, an air bath was easier and better than nothing. Fortunately, in modern times we can be clean, refreshed and moisturized without all the fuss of preparations Early Americans faced. I vote for J.R.LIGGETT’S Foam Face & Body Wash and his Moisturizing Body Scrubs.
Times have changed and J.R.LIGGETT’S has changed right along with it. While the Early Americans may have thought an egg shampoo was the way to go, and a bath sans water would suffice, we now know better. J.R. LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar is the go-to product for hair, skin, and shaving. It contains such mild ingredients–unlike many products now on the market— a person may very well not even need any added moisturizers. The shampoo bar cleans, conditions, softens (with only one wash!), and is completely bio-degradable. The Foam Face & Body Wash contains natural plant-based oils, and no harsh detergents. All of J.R.LIGGETT’S products are truly an example of “old-time quality in today’s world”.
A reminder: Coming up on March 31, 2012…
J.R.LIGGETT’S is committed to cruelty-free products and has generously donated Fergie’s Dog Shampoo to the Fishkill Cares for Cats event to be held on March 31, 2012 in Fishkill, New York at the Fishkill Town Hall, 807 Route 52. Fishkill Cares for Cats is a community event with music, face painting, humane education materials, balloon sculpting, vendors, food, and raffles. Plan to attend to learn about the over-population of domestic animals, adoption, spay/neuter, animal testing and vegan food options. For more information, please visit this website.
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Joy Richter 2012 ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT
2011 has been a tough year by all accounts. With the devaluation of the dollar, we’re seeing prices for everyday necessities causing budgets to be stretched to a breaking point. We’ve been cutting corners and doing without essentials while trying to make the best of whatever situation we may find ourselves struggling with. It’s wearing on our psyches to have to constantly cope and anticipate further difficulties.
With 2012 just days away, it’s important to recognize what is in your power to change. Focus on what is most important personally; certainly your sanity should be at the top of the list, your family, health, and staying positive in an ever-changing world where the next explosive moment has the potential to sidetrack your very existence. What road are you traveling on?
You are capable and competent. You have the ability to choose to lead an intentional life, to make deliberate choices. What would that look like for you, to meet life head on and with a purpose in mind? To investigate, to carefully consider, to think through options and then, to move forward. What choices will make a difference for future generations or even just for tomorrow? Actually, I find it rather exciting to think that I have the power to exert a positive influence in the world, or even in my own, personal environment within my family.
When the world goes haywire, you’re going to need uniformity in your life— something familiar to keep you grounded. It’s going to be different for each one of us; starting the day out with your favorite coffee mug, or going through a comfortable routine, but for some, it can be as simple as a little bar of shampoo in the shower that greets you each morning—something that makes you feel good about yourself.
In the June 2010 issue of J.R.LIGGETT’S Soapbox, J.R. shared a memory… “A couple of years ago I received a letter from a little old lady in Wisconsin who said she didn’t have very much money and lived on a fixed income. She could not afford much beyond the daily necessities of life, but she said, “I buy your shampoo which for me is a luxury item. It is a small thing, but just for a moment I can feel that I am treating myself to something special, something I look forward to… one little moment just for myself.”
That creamy white bar of shampoo that sits on the shelf in my shower… that’s where my sanity starts every morning. It’s one of the constant, true, and safe things in my world that I look forward to as the sunlight streams through the darkness and I start another day here on earth. It’s my choice, a good choice.
Joy Richter 2011 ©copyright 2011 J.R.LIGGETT LTD
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Two words, considered separately, can provide a bit of a twist during this week and as long thereafter as you would like…
We give thanks for all we have, and check off our list; health is usually at the top, a job (definitely!), home (ditto), family, friends, food, clothing, transportation. We stand and recite, but how about a little paradigm shift here and we become pro-active? Step away from our ego-centered selves and decide to give to others, so others could give thanks?
Could you help someone disabled and pick up a few items for them at the market when you do your own food shopping? Fix a broken faucet, a broken window, or listen to the broken-hearted? Giving of our time makes an incredible impact on another’s life. What could you do so others were thanking you?
And if you are on the receiving end, who could you thank? Grandparents for their wisdom and acceptance? A neighbor who picks up your child from school when you aren’t able? I recall the statement, “If you can read and write, thank a teacher.” Is there a special teacher who changed your life, or even just believed in your abilities and encouraged you? Make this Thanksgiving a time of acknowledgment and praise.
Two simple words… “thanks” and “giving”. This time of year, perhaps more than any other time of the year, J.R.LIGGETT Ltd. wants to thank you, whether you are a long time customer of nearly 30 years, 20 years, or even 2 days. A business is nothing without customers, and J.R.LIGGETT’S appreciates their customers immensely… 6 blog Followers and 1, 479 Facebook Followers (and counting!) We are immeasurably honored!
We know this time of year can be hectic and wearing on your psyche… the idea of one stop shopping appeals to all of us. Are you aware that while you’re pushing your cart around Whole Foods Markets, you can stroll on over to their Whole Body department and pick up J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars? It can be that easy. You know you can trust Whole Foods Markets to provide the highest quality natural and organic products, and J.R.LIGGETT’S has met and exceeded Whole Foods strict criteria for uncompromising quality and purity for their natural body care line. With 40 stores throughout the United States, 7 locations in Canada, and 6 in the United Kingdom, I’d say you’re pretty well covered. Also, don’t forget to support your local natural food stores that carry J.R.LIGGETT’S… Those unique stores tucked here and there through-out the country are a vital part of a healthy business and family community.
And for Thanksgiving travel, toss in J.R.LIGGETT’S ‘A Natural Traveler’ with the accompanying Shampoo Bar, or J.R.LIGGETT’S Mini Traveler in your carry-on. Both are wise choices if you are looking for an easy and simple way to breeze through TSA regulations–no liquid shampoos for you– you’ve got the hair and body washing needs covered with just one product; even comes in handy for a quick, light garment rinse out. Nothing to spill or waste, it’s always portion-perfect, never a problem–hey, we know you don’t need anymore problems. J.R.LIGGETT’S makes it soooo easy, so simple, so smart!
Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming Black Friday/Cyber Monday Combo-licious Coupon! Delivered to your in-box via Constant Contact, this will be our last huge discount available before the end of 2011. Coupon begins on Thursday, the 24th. Details? Sign up for coupons here.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Joy Richter 2011 ©copyright 2011 J.R.LIGGETT LTD