Thursday, July 10, 2008

Gorgeously Green

I just finished reading Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano. I first heard about her on Oprah before I stopped watching the show. Another post another time... I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was so informative. The book is super easy to read and Sophie kept me engaged throughout the entire book.

In the past I have been the first person to change the channel, turn the page or surf to another website if anyone started talking about environmental topics. The phrase "going green" would grate on my last nerve. Over the past few months I have done some research and in conjunction with reading this book have come up with my own opinion on all of this "going green" stuff flying around out there.

Do I think that the world is going to come to an end and that all of the ice in the world is going to melt because of global warming? No. Do I think that we need to do a better job at eating more natural foods, conserve energy and eliminate some of our waste by recycling? Yes...absolutely. It is insane when you think about the amount of highly processed foods that we eat. We are ingesting so many foreign chemicals into our bodies that they don't even know what the long term effects are going to be. I do not think that we have seen the tip of the iceberg on the diseases that some of our young people will have years down the road.

So how do I feel is the best way for me to go green? (And everyone is different)

1. Eat as many natural, organic foods as you can. These foods have been grown and treated without pesticides and hormones. I feel that one of the most important changes that I have made in my family is by switching to organic milk. My nieces drink a lot of milk and by switching, I have saved them from having a lot of unneeded growth hormones, etc in their milk. This is also important with vegetables because these are grown without the addition of pesticides. Buying organic can be very expensive so I encourage to look for sales and start out slow on purchasing things. I started with milk and have gradually gotten to where about half of my purchases are organic now.

2. Purchase as much local product as possible. By purchasing food from local farmers and companies you are buying things that are grown better than the mass growing factories. (which many times means that you are accomplishing #1) You are supporting local businesses and your local economy and are decreasing the amount of energy that is spent to get product to you. For example, when something is shipped from CA to VA.

3. Conserve as much energy as possible. I have made small adjustments in the way that I do things around the house to try to conserve energy. The easiest thing is to turn off the lights in rooms when you are not in them. Unplug any unessential appliances when not in use. Switch to the energy conserving curly light bulbs. And on a travel note...carpool when possible. If someone is going to the same place, why drive separate cars??

4. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle! Much of the trash that goes into the landfills will still be around for years and years to come. I promise, it is not painful at all to keep those water bottles and drop them off at the recycling center. (By the way why are you using a lot of water bottles?? Buy a reusable container!) It would surprise you to find out how many things you can actually recycle. Anything that you can do with this helps!

Well I hope that I haven't sounded too crazy with this stuff. I would have thought so a couple of months ago. I definitely see the importance of certain aspects of this now. The two key concepts with all of this is that we want the best possible things going into our bodies and then we don't want to blatently waste things like energy and things that can be recycled. It actually does make me feel very fulfilled by doing these things. I feel like I am making a difference (as small as it is) in the world and that I am hopefully helping to make a difference in my nieces lives by giving them better foods to eat.

1 comment:

liz1452 said...

love this post, i couldn't have put it any better!  i have to read that book, can i borrow yours? it would be like recycling!