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Gray Hair. Don’t Care

Do women with gray hair who don’t dye their hair look like they are neglecting themselves in your opinion? 

What do you think when you see a woman with gray hair? Do you think she has given up on herself? Perhaps, that she is lazy? Or maybe, because of the rat race she’s probably so involved with her work and kids, she merely forgot to take care of herself?

This week I turned 30 and at the same time I found 3 white hairs. No one can see them now because I have blonde highlights. But it wouldn’t bother me even if they were able to be seen. When I told my mom about it, she made me smile by saying that my grays were “physical expressions of wisdom and experience.”

I remember hearing one woman talking to her friend about another woman once and say:

“Why doesn’t *insert name* dye her hair ? It looks really bad like that, totally neglected.”

Criticism by others is not something I am afraid of. If I was scared, I wouldn’t make my voice public like I do here. But, the newly discovered white hairs once again confronted me with the thought of how others perceive me. Because I am very aware, when such a thought creeps up on me, I immediately recognize that it is happening and act quickly to shake it off, returning once more to a state of Zen.

We, Homo Sapiens, are programmed to be social animals, part of a group, and it’s important for us to be loved and accepted. This is one of the reasons we have thrived and became the most dominant and powerful species on Earth. It is indeed inherently evolutionary for us to want to be accepted and fit in. Even with something as seemingly minor as grooming and beauty routines.

I don’t know what I’ll do on the day when there will be more than 3 white hairs. I will probably not dye them (but I’m leaving myself the option to choose differently when the time comes.)

It seems a very strange concept to me personally, to go to “renew roots” once every month and let someone apply nasty damaging chemicals to my scalp so often.

I am currently wearing blonde highlights as I said, doing it once every eight months and promptly forgetting about it. Yet, even with that, I plan to ultimately quit this beauty regime and not continue it anymore. I miss my natural hair color. 

At my previous job, there were two women who did not color their gray hairs- one of them was nearing the age of 60 and the other was in her 30s. They both looked beautiful to me and I always enjoyed looking at them. They calmed me, I admired that they were doing what was in their head (no pun intended, but hey). I never thought of these two women as negligent or remiss in their looks. Nor did I think they were lazy or sloppy (they were both high caliber performers, each in her own field), and I appreciated that they cared about their health.

I mentioned in a past blog post that 95% of the waste of a particular product happens in the production process, rather than using the product itself. The toxic chemicals emitted by hair dye are harmful to our world, yes of course. But in addition to that, they further harm and do damage to our bodies. 

I am seeing a wonderful change happening, while currently living in an upscale neighborhood in Miami Beach, and I pay close attention to it when I’m here. Many women of the highest socioeconomic status are around.I see them coming out of their yoga class and stopping to buy fresh organic juices. Many of them are wearing their gray, uncolored hair, and they look super elegant!

Nobody would think they dye their hair because they were “Letting themselves go”. Hey, even the Queen of England doesn’t dye her hair. Does anyone think she’s neglecting herself?

So what do you think when you see women with gray hair?

Do you avoid or will avoid dying because of minimalism / sustainability / health? Or will you be disturbed by the opinions of others about your looks and societies’ standards and their beauty expectations of women? 

There is also a possibility that you dye your hair because you like the way it looks. That’s OK! There is no dilemma there or need for discussion from my standpoint.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Snir is one of the founding partners of Legendary Life and is the original author of these blog posts. Lee is an active environmental advocate and in-demand speaker, writer and influencer in her native Israel. These blog posts were originally published in her native Hebrew in her personal blog titled, “Elita Yeruka” (“Green Elite” in English.)

When we translated Lee’s blogs for Legendary Life our goal was to only edit for grammar and clarity but to retain “Lee’s voice”. Thus the editorial choices were to err on the side of not “Americanizing” the language and thus leaving the translated blog as close as possible to the original. Therefore, native English speakers may occasionally find the word choices and phrasing a little different than they are used to.

For those of you who are Hebrew speakers and wish to read the blogs in their original form and follow Lee’s Personal blog you can do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/elitayeruka/?modal=admin_todo_tour

DISCLAIMER: Any statements, opinions or conclusions contained herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the statements, opinions or conclusions of Legendary Life (a Legendary Products, LLC brand), its owners, employees, contractors, affiliates, partners or advertisers.

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Karma’s A Bitch

They say that karma’s a bitch. But the truth is that it works the other way, too.

I find that I am well rewarded on a regular and immediate basis for every green action that I do. Not always, but usually.

On Lincoln Road, in Miami Beach, there is a Sunday Market every weekend. A variety of second-hand products for sale and rare art items are offered here to any tourist or resident who might be interested in these treasures. 

However, the absolutely most fun part of each Sunday Market, is that there is a coconut shake offered at one of the stands! <3

One of the simplest ways for us to reduce the waste we produce, is to carry in advance what we think will need or help us in our day to day adventures. Buying my shake in a plastic cup and after a few minutes of indulgence promptly throwing it in the trash can, does not give me joy. I’m not happy to know that because I drank a shake for 15 minutes, I created waste that will stay here long after I am gone myself! But… I won’t give up on my favorite shake 🙂 Simply, because I’m here now, and one day I won’t be.

I am here, on this planet, for a short amount of time. The plastic cup is not. I come to the coconut shake booth at the Sunday Market with a reusable cup of my own, which I fill repeatedly and it has accompanied me throughout my travels and experiences. The seller at the booth already recognizes me. Because really, how many people are coming to his booth and asking him for a shake in a Slytherin cup. I am a rare sight, if I do say so myself, honestly, how can he forget 🙂

Because he already recognizes me as a repeat customer, he is quite indulgent.He always fills my cup with a 400ml smoothie even though I pay for the 300 ml cup. When I do a good deed, I receive a good one back, on a regular basis. 

I think one of the reasons we refrain from doing things like asking a vendor to utilize their cup from home, is the feeling that we’re bothering people by doing so, it sets you apart from others and that seemingly bizarre act can feel uncomfortable.

For me, it’s a sincere pleasure to do things like that. I take advantage of those opportunities for some small activism. When the flight attendant walks over to me and offers something to drink, I say to her, ‘Yes, I’d love to, can you fill my glass, please? I prefer not to use a single-use plastic, it’s non biodegradable.’

I do it pleasantly, gently, and present it as a question. Not as a command or a duty. That’s one sentence. I don’t give an hour-long lecture. They always fill my glass to the top and with an abundance of ice.  Although, I do explain to them that it’s okay if they fill my cup just a bit, as if they were filling it in a small plastic cup just like for the rest of the people who are flying.

Yet, when I do a  green action, somehow I always get rewarded.

Both the flight attendants and those sitting next to me received a message and saw a personal example. It won’t make them stop using single-use plastic once and for all, of course. But I did bring it forward to their conscious mind the issue and problem of it all and that there was a simple way to reduce harm to the environment.

In conclusion, get out of the house with what you think you will need, and get over the feeling that it is awkward. As you begin to practice it more it will become a habit and easier to do.

Don’t forget that Karma is a bitch. But she can go the other way too. Like John Lennon sang, “Instant karma’s gonna get you!” 


EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Snir is one of the founding partners of Legendary Life and is the original author of these blog posts. Lee is an active environmental advocate and in-demand speaker, writer and influencer in her native Israel. These blog posts were originally published in her native Hebrew in her personal blog titled, “Elita Yeruka” (“Green Elite” in English.)

When we translated Lee’s blogs for Legendary Life our goal was to only edit for grammar and clarity but to retain “Lee’s voice”. Thus the editorial choices were to err on the side of not “Americanizing” the language and thus leaving the translated blog as close as possible to the original. Therefore, native English speakers may occasionally find the word choices and phrasing a little different than they are used to.

For those of you who are Hebrew speakers and wish to read the blogs in their original form and follow Lee’s Personal blog you can do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/elitayeruka/?modal=admin_todo_tour

DISCLAIMER: Any statements, opinions or conclusions contained herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the statements, opinions or conclusions of Legendary Life (a Legendary Products, LLC brand), its owners, employees, contractors, affiliates, partners or advertisers.

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Minimalism- How Many Bras Do You Actually Need?

Say, how many boobs do you have? I have one pair. 

Dear reader, I’m curious to know the number of bras you have in your closet? I counted 12 in mine.

About six months ago I moved into an apartment and decided to significantly reduce my belongings. I’m somewhat of a nomad by choice and move from place to place on a regular basis. I also decided to condense my wardrobe and daily routine, thus eliminating the need to store so much “stuff”. I simply don’t use it.

When I looked at the number of bras I had, I realized that maybe 30% of them were used. Some of the following bras I had were:

  • A bra with a forward bracket (that I could open in front of someone by surprise- Ta-Da!!!)
  • A Pink bra (I hate pink…)
  • A purple colored bra (No way can I wear this color and not look sick with my complexion.)
  • X-back cross style bra (Okay, are we in the 90s?)
  • A comfortable bra to wear at home (if I’m at home, I’m definitely not wearing a bra.)
  • Strapless Bra (Why? I’m not in high school anymore, I’m a 30-year-old woman. I haven’t worn a strapless top in years.)
  • A special occasion sexy lingerie bra, purely serving the purpose as Alpha male magnets (I’m currently running away from them. No thanks!)

And more and more, so much so I do not remember what else was there…

I am in Miami, now for a two-month business trip. I packed one bra (I’ll spare you the picture of it). As I mentioned earlier, I have one pair of boobs. How many bras do I REALLY need?

Plenty of objects can become noisemakers, distractions; economically, ecologically, visually and physically. Especially when we fly, we tend to pack more than we really need and use.

Just in case, we tell ourselves.

 The bra I packed is marked W for all my wishes are met:

  • I feel beautiful in it.
  • It’s comfortable.
  • It fits all the clothes I brought with me.
  • I can hand wash it and since it’s thin, it dries overnight. 

If you’re flying for a week, how many bras do you really need? What do you usually use when you’re at home?

There are many advantages to packing light. The ecological advantage of less weight in flight/travel is easily understandable. Furthermore, even just for you and your benefit, less weight to carry makes it easier for your mobility and experience. Also, less luggage load will help you find things most easily.

P.S.

I’m sure there will be women (especially our feminist friends) who would like to respond that the bra is unnecessary and it’s just social conditioning anyway (free the nipple!). That the use of bras are not at all healthy, and are ultimately unhelpful and undesirable. Okay. Understood. However, let us respect the women who do want or need to wear a bra.

When I go to formal business meetings, it is not customary to appear with a shirt or tailored dress without a bra underneath. It’s simply not socially appropriate or acceptable. Similarly, women with large breasts, women undergoing a mastectomy or breastfeeding women don’t feel comfortable running without a bra.  

So let’s allow each one to decide what’s right for her and just focus on reducing personal consumption. That is the purpose of this post. I am very much in favor of buying and consuming what makes us happy and serves our needs and purposes. But what I am very much NOT in favor of is buying and consuming excessively beyond our real needs.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Snir is one of the founding partners of Legendary Life and is the original author of these blog posts. Lee is an active environmental advocate and in-demand speaker, writer and influencer in her native Israel. These blog posts were originally published in her native Hebrew in her personal blog titled, “Elita Yeruka” (“Green Elite” in English.)

When we translated Lee’s blogs for Legendary Life our goal was to only edit for grammar and clarity but to retain “Lee’s voice”. Thus the editorial choices were to err on the side of not “Americanizing” the language and thus leaving the translated blog as close as possible to the original. Therefore, native English speakers may occasionally find the word choices and phrasing a little different than they are used to.

For those of you who are Hebrew speakers and wish to read the blogs in their original form and follow Lee’s Personal blog you can do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/elitayeruka/?modal=admin_todo_tour

DISCLAIMER: Any statements, opinions or conclusions contained herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the statements, opinions or conclusions of Legendary Life (a Legendary Products, LLC brand), its owners, employees, contractors, affiliates, partners or advertisers.

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Dumpster Diving, The Easy Way

“People who pull things out of the trash are fanatics.”

Or at least that’s what he reluctantly told me just after I proudly told him that I found this bag in the trash bin.

I have been carrying this bag, (which may I remind you I didn’t spend even one dime on) daily now for the past 18 months. I love it. It’s stylish and everything I need fits inside of it.

This Nine West bag was thrown right into the trash by one of the neighbors in my building! It was in brand new condition, still with its nylon lining in place, buckles and the handles on. 

I picture my bag’s first owner. She took the money for which she works hard for every single day, bought a purse, (perhaps it was on sale) and then, she threw it out in the rubbish bin.

That, in my opinion, is the act of a fanatic.

But what makes me; a woman of a good socioeconomic status with a stable income, pick up items from the trash can? What would possess someone such as myself to do such a thing? 

When we think of waste, we usually think of leftovers that we didn’t eat, dirty diapers or plastic we don’t know where to recycle.

But it is quite common to see our neighbors leaving bags packed with items in good condition in a bag near the trash bins or benches in the street. You did it yourself a few times, didn’t you? You thought, “It’s in too good of condition to throw out. But, maybe someone will use it.”

“Dumpster diving”:

It’s a term developed in the US that describes people diving into dumpsters or scouring garbage bins in search of edible food thrown in there, household items, clothing and so forth.

Sounds to you like something only homeless people do, huh? It is commonly seen as an unhygienic act, or indicative of an individual’s poverty and deprivation. In fact, it was created from an ideology of anti-consumerism, resource reduction and environmental damage. Using what has already been created instead of creating something new.

What do you think would have happened to this bag if I or someone else hadn’t saved it? One way ticket straight to the landfill. Here is an item for which other women and men have worked hard for, just for it to become common trash. Here is an item for which we wasted fuel, water, released toxic chemicals into the air, all these things for what? For it to become waste, even without being properly utilized beforehand. Straight from the production line- straight to the bin.

Let me clarify, I don’t suggest you dive into dumpsters. I certainly don’t do it myself.

But the next time you see a bag by the bin, you might consider taking a peek.

Maybe there is something there that can serve your purposes and save you some money.

What’s the worst that could happen? Maybe one day you take something completely normal and good from the trash, and suddenly that makes you less respected in society’s eyes? 

I think that for people who are aware of sustainability, there’s a certain curiosity to look at what is in these tactfully placed bags. Yet, sadly a lot of these curious folks don’t do it, because it embarrasses them. What will your neighbors think of you if they pass by and see you rummaging through garbage bags or other people’s trash cans?

Join me and drop your concern about the neighbors’ opinion of you, its value is minor, if even existent. Being stuck in the obsessive thought cycle of what others think of you, that dear readers, is kind of like being stuck in a mental dumpster.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Snir is one of the founding partners of Legendary Life and is the original author of these blog posts. Lee is an active environmental advocate and in-demand speaker, writer and influencer in her native Israel. These blog posts were originally published in her native Hebrew in her personal blog titled, “Elita Yeruka” (“Green Elite” in English.)

When we translated Lee’s blogs for Legendary Life our goal was to only edit for grammar and clarity but to retain “Lee’s voice”. Thus the editorial choices were to err on the side of not “Americanizing” the language and thus leaving the translated blog as close as possible to the original. Therefore, native English speakers may occasionally find the word choices and phrasing a little different than they are used to.

For those of you who are Hebrew speakers and wish to read the blogs in their original form and follow Lee’s Personal blog you can do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/elitayeruka/?modal=admin_todo_tour

DISCLAIMER: Any statements, opinions or conclusions contained herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the statements, opinions or conclusions of Legendary Life (a Legendary Products, LLC brand), its owners, employees, contractors, affiliates, partners or advertisers.

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Are Plastic Straws Really A Problem?

Don’t get me wrong. Plastic straws and the damage they do to sea turtles is problematic and real, but the momentum the issue caught online is a little out of proportion.

Any positive change that is made, even if it is the smallest one is valuable and I cherish those of you who have taken this difficult matter to heart. However, you should know that what you are hearing about straws is such a small percentage of the overall problem of plastic waste in our oceans. It is just the tiniest tip of the proverbial iceberg.

If the oceans and sea turtles are what worries you, let me blow your mind. Only 0.03% of the plastic waste comes from drinking straws, while 46% is coming from discarded or lost fishing nets (also called “ghost nets”).

Did you know that? If not, it’s my job to let you know, that’s why I’m here. The size of the media buzz around the “straw problem” surprised me. Pressure is being exerted on restaurant owners, bars, resorts and manufacturers to replace plastic straws with paper straws or no-straw lids in the thought (on the part of the customers = we) that taking this action will reduce marine waste.

While glad to see awareness and caring rising, I wondered why the facts about fishing nets comprising such a high percentage of the oceans’ plastic waste problem was not heard online. The reason is simple: quitting straws is easy. Instagram culture makes the job simple and fun. It suddenly becomes chic and trendy to post a picture with a reusable straw, right? 

People will cheer you if you upload such a picture. Talking about dietary change and suggesting that we reduce our seafood consumption is more difficult and less cute.

It makes people subject to criticism from others (high five to vegans who have to deal with this every day), it causes a person to have to adapt to a new menu, to give up foods he or she likes and change their lifestyle. It causes effort.

We are 7.7 billion people in the world, and in relation to avoiding plastic straws, I repeat what I said first – a positive change, even if it is small, is valuable to me. But know the facts, their percentage of the overall problem, and their real impact on the environment.

I don’t consume fish at all. It’s something I do for the environment. But if it’s too big for you, just think: What can I do? Maybe just reducing consumption is a viable option for you? Maybe eat fish only on weekends? Helping address the problem isn’t a zero sum game. It’s not “If I can’t do everything then I may as well bury my head in the sand and do nothing”. Every little bit helps. We need everyone to do their part, whatever they feel that part can be to affect a positive change.

In any case, if you want to be cool, by all means please do stop using single-use plastic straws. If you want your actions to have a real, big impact on the ocean and on those who live in it, reduce seafood consumption.

(Photos: Joan Chan + National Geographic)


EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Snir is one of the founding partners of Legendary Life and is the original author of these blog posts. Lee is an active environmental advocate and in-demand speaker, writer and influencer in her native Israel. These blog posts were originally published in her native Hebrew in her personal blog titled, “Elita Yeruka” (“Green Elite” in English.)

When we translated Lee’s blogs for Legendary Life our goal was to only edit for grammar and clarity but to retain “Lee’s voice”. Thus the editorial choices were to err on the side of not “Americanizing” the language and thus leaving the translated blog as close as possible to the original. Therefore, native English speakers may occasionally find the word choices and phrasing a little different than they are used to.

For those of you who are Hebrew speakers and wish to read the blogs in their original form and follow Lee’s Personal blog you can do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/elitayeruka/?modal=admin_todo_tour

DISCLAIMER: Any statements, opinions or conclusions contained herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the statements, opinions or conclusions of Legendary Life (a Legendary Products, LLC brand), its owners, employees, contractors, affiliates, partners or advertisers.

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