Transitioning to a natural home should be fun, but there are times when you feel like you want to pull your hair out. This was definitely me 12 years ago.

It was a very different landscape, choices were limited and so was information, today it’s so much easier thanks to the many wonderful green bloggers and communities out there.

If you are just beginning this process you might be in the exact same position I was back then. Obsessed over every label and ingredient. Carrying wallet cards with toxic chemicals to avoid, reading, researching and becoming more and more overwhelmed with each passing day.

At one point I had to say enough is enough and understand that CHANGE TAKES TIME. I really can’t stress it enough, and that beauty is what living a natural lifestyle is all about.

The most important thing you can do is develop a plan of action and ask yourself some important questions before you DIY or buy anything. 

DIY-ing takes time so before you decide if you want to DIY (or buy)  ask yourself the following questions:

 1. Ask yourself do I really need this item? 

Before you make or buy anything ask yourself if you really need it. For me, this is one of the most important steps to going green, do you really need 5 face serums? Probably not. So think BEFORE you buy!

2. Can you make it as effectively as one already on the market? 

Are you going to spend hours trying to recreate your favourite bathroom scrub? No, right? Better to buy in this case rather than DIY!


3. Do I have the time?

If you run into a situation where you can either buy a really good alternative or make one, it becomes a question of time. If driving to a local store takes you 30 mins there and back and making it takes the same amount time, I’d prefer you DIY it instead of buying it. Save some gas and a few emissions at the same time. So try a good DIY. 

4. Can I put some of that green ($$) back in my wallet?

Always consider the cost.

For Example, a liquid hand soap can cost anywhere from $3.99 to $7.99

But if I make my own Easy Peasy Disinfectant Wipes it costs me about $2.75 a jar. So give DIY a try.


5. How often do you use it?

I have found that a good rule of thumb is to buy something I don’t use very often rather than make it. 


The bottom line is any DIY should be fun and trust me when you start, you won’t want to stop!


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What’s really better, buy or DIY, well that depends on what you are making or buying. These easy tips can help you decide if you spend green or save green. What do you like to buy or DIY? I’d love to know!


Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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