Green Ideas...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I have found a few new passions this year, thanks to quitting my job and having the time to focus on what is truly important to me. Not only did I find SparkPeople in my journey towards better health, I also found an interest in "going green".

So far this year I have read three books on learning to live a greener life, all of which I recommend.

*Go Green, Live Rich - David Bach
*Ready, Set, Green - Graham Hill & Meaghan O'Neill
*Gorgeously Green - Sophie Uliano

I have found a number of helpful websites and blogs as well, not to mention a number of interested and well informed SP members. The more I learn, the more I want to know. I'm not sure what it is about the subject, but wanting (almost needing now) to be part of making our earth a healthier and safer place seems overwhelmingly important.

I am slowly making changes at home; from purchasing eco-friendly cleaning supplies (as I run out of the ones I already have) to shopping more regularly at the local produce stands and weekly farmer's markets.

The process does not have to be immediate, but I believe the change is necessary and significant.

I have shared some of my new insights with friends and family. The responses have varied. Some think its cool, but don't really ask questions. Others, think I'm nuts. Trust me, I haven't made any drastic changes (yet, anyway). My mom has a friend in Seattle who is building a "green" home- she thinks the lady is nuts and spending too much money on very ugly things. I wasn't going to try to convince her otherwise at the time because I didn't really have enough information to respond with. However, now I know more. It all has to do with individual choice, personal values etc. Anyway, when I mentioned to my mom I was making some changes at home she asked, "so, are you going to become some hippie treehugger?" She just has no idea.

Lately I have been thinking about Christmas. Perhaps, I could share my new passion about greener living during the holidays. I could give green gifts this year, some cool products as well as ones that are informative. I want to demonstrate that going green does not have to be overly time-consuming or costly. I just want others to know that every decision makes an impact, even the small ones.

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    Congrats on your first blog post!! Good luck on your journey and hurrah for going green. Perhaps you can give canvas or string shopping bags for christmas, or Sigg water bottles.
    3472 days ago
    That is soo true every decision you make definitely makes an impact! Keep up the awesome work you are doing our environment a great justice!
    3472 days ago
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