Many of you know I just finished reading Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson. The book is hilarious, blunt and educational. Farquharson writes about life after making the decision to make 1 green step again for a year (which starts out as 365 days then ends up being 366 thanks to a Leap Year). I especially love the part about the horror of returning home to her green apartment after it has been house-sat by her very ungreen sister – it simply sounds like something that could happen to me…only replace sister with well-meaning but clumsy friend or other relative…not to name names. I also feel some sort of bond with the author over evil felines who run the household and resent any natural change forced upon them.
I mention this book not only because its one of the best green books I’ve read all year but also because its made me think about the healthy and/or green changes I’ve made over the past year and about the changes I’ve been meaning to make or try but haven’t gotten around to.
Changes I have made and am proud of:
Switching to bottled water over tap, which includes the change for my husband and my cat
Re-wearing clothes as often as possible
Buying organic root vegetables
Enforcing a 1 green vegetable a day rule
Use less detergent for dishes and clothes
Use organic or eco-friendly sponges
Recycle cans and bottles as regularly as possible
Support local co-op and fair trade stores
Research local eco-friendly activities
Make my own bath and beauty products
Integrate more raw foods into my diet
Try switching to a natural cat food (and was forced to switch back after Halloween threatened to fast for her right to choose her food)
Walk to work when weather and time permits
Use organic honey gathered by Damon’s grand-father
Use organic beeswax in products
Create a healing hemp salve to use on wounds
Research and promote legal hemp agriculture in Kentucky
Rent DVDs and borrow books from library rather than buying new
Buy only used books, movies and music from Half Price Book Store
Support Raw vegan stores, educators, etc. with co-opetitions like Best of Raw and Hot Raw Chef
Commend public places for their green efforts such as recycling bins and organic choices
Insist on recycled paper when discussing publishing of new book
Eat humanely raised beef
Use ceramic pots and pans
Use incense and oil burners instead of air freshener
Meditate and promote a relaxing, natural health-style
Choose almond milk over cow’s milk
Use Pine Pollen as a health supplement
Switch to fluoride-free toothpaste
Switch to natural deodorant
Remind myself and everyone there are more important things in the world than post after post of why they hate Beiber, Twilight and Lady .
Start my own eco-friendly business
Changes I still want to try:
Go 75-100% Raw Vegan for 1 month
Switch to organic cat-litter if Halloween permits
Buy shower water filter
Research switching to bio-diesel
Invest in some handkerchiefs
Request organic alcohol when out
Invest in bicycles for outdoor dates
Buy and use recycled razors, toilet paper, paper towles, etc
Recycle all recyclables
Attend Lexington Green Drinks and some other local green activities.
Find a green job…or work for a place with green ethics
Have book picked up by a green publisher
Switch from bottled water to re-usable jugs of water refilled at Good Foods
Research fair trade or humanely, sustainably mined silver, gold and other jewelry related materials
Figure out the best way to prevent pregnancy preferably without ingesting toxins on a daily or monthly basis
Support Anima School and other eco, green, natural, etc groups.
Eat local – especially once the farmers market starts back up
Try Magnesium Calm and Adya Clarity
Try out natural dental care products and use a recycled toothbrush
Stop eating fast food all-together
Teach a class or two on how to make natural products, henna, etc.
Have an eco-charity, EcoGoth promoting club night
Ask for and give green gifts for Christmas and birthdays
Green my kitchen
Green my lighting
Invest in a personal solar panel for phone, computer, etc.
Buy only used or organic clothing
Buy a recycled rubber purse – not something I need…just think they’re cool
Only use my thermoses for water, tea and juice
Learn Mandarin…not green or anything just feel that if I post it on here I’ll be more motivated to actually do it.
Request to not receive receipt, recycle all receipts given to me.