I am a “retired” Chiropractor-turned-green-living-consultant and a persona behind “ecokaren“. I am also a co-founder of a online media company called Green Sisterhood, a relationship oriented network for unique branding and boutique marketing.
My chiropractic background helps me to “connect the dots” in seeing the correlation between the our environment and our health. And although I have always been conscientious about how wasteful we are and how much we abuse our natural resources, I don’t view myself as an environmentalist, in the traditional sense of the word. Why? That’s because I was brought up to preserve, conserve, and reuse. My mother and mother-in-law always reused ice cream tubs, yogurt cups, take-out containers and glass jars even before recycling became a household word.
Now, I – the one who always complained that we had too many empty glass jars and plastic containers in the pantry – am filling my own pantry with glass jars and non-recyclable plastic containers. So while I didn’t make a conscious plan start on the green journey, it was part of my upbringing. But it wasn’t until I started selling some of my eco-goodies that I started writing about green living. It sorta felt weird, talking about it since it was what I was already doing.
But the wonderful outcome of being in the ‘spotlight’ of blogging has made me realize how intimately our own health is connected to the environmental health. I knew from seeing my patients in my office that environmental health was often the cause of my patients’ physical ailments. But the cause and effect of our habits to earth’s state is profound and without a doubt, the most devastating revelation since I started writing on ecokaren.
So my goal, is to address how we can be healthier, thereby, preserving or improving the planet’s health synchronously.
ecokaren, the Etsy Shop
When I decided to sell my chiropractic practice and stay home until my teenagers are no longer in need of a “chauffeur”, I opened a handmade shop on Etsy. It’s ironic that chiropractic means “done by hand” in Greek and I ended up starting handmade business even after I retired. I started making whimsical magnets out of plastic bottle caps to sell. How did I get the idea? While reading my town’s Sanitation Department Information booklet about the new year recycling schedule, I was shocked to learn I knew nothing about recycling. I didn’t know that I was supposed to take off the caps on plastic bottles before recycling them! So I started collecting them, in fear that if I threw them out, they’d sit in landfills or be incinerated, spewing out toxins out into the air.
So I made these birds’ nest magnets and started selling on Etsy. And people bought them!
Since then, my business evolved and currently, I’m upcycling NYC maps, vintage books and music score sheets to make one of a kind necklaces.
ecokaren, the Blog
Being the doctor (first definition is to ‘teach’) in me, I love to educate people and share information on healthy living, green living tips, tutorials, and green product reviews. I believe we are all in this together and we need to encourage each other to be healthier so we can make our planet healthier for us and the future generations.
The topics that interest might interest you that I’m equally passionate about:
- Toxic chemicals – did you know that there are over 80,000 chemicals on the market that are not tested for safety and we are exposed to them daily? Did you know that we put on over 500 chemicals on our bodies daily? Untested toxic chemicals cause cancer, endocrine disruption, allergies, and other health problems. So my mission to support to reform old Safe Chemical Act is important to me.
- Healthy Eating – GMO gets to me. I don’t want genetically modified organisms in my food that are unknown for long term health affects. But at least, I want to know what I’m feeding my family so I want my food labeled. I want local, seasonal, organic, and farm fresh foods. I love to share my healthy recipes, food issues, and activism against GMO’s.
- Healthy Home – Did you know that indoor air quality can be worse than the outdoor air? That’s because we are living in a cocoon with toxic chemicals on everything we use in our home, including our furniture, clothes, cleaning supplies. So I’m making my own detergents, soaps, cleaning solutions, personal care products with natural and non-toxic ingredients. Again, it comes back to trying to live a toxic free life.
- Mind and Body – everyone knows the benefits of exercise but I’ll admit. I hate to exercise. But I’m at that ‘certain age’ now so I’ll be focusing more on movement, alignment, and physical health as much as spiritual health
From years of blogging about the environment, I met some incredibly passionate bloggers. And one of them is Anna from Green Talk. We talked incessantly about how if all the green bloggers we knew joined forces, we can be a formidable strength in numbers. So we co-founded a network called Green Sisterhood. As you can imagine from the name, we are bloggers with a mission of educating our readers about green companies and which ones are “real” and which ones are just “greenwashing”. You can read more about it HERE.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been asked to write for the following blogs. Not in any particular order.
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Thanks for keeping it green!