Our inner world being Green is important. I work as a counselor also, so I work on my inner world as well as my outer world. I feel this is important because how I project my actions to the world is in direct proportion to my inner world. What does this have to do with Being Green? So much!
Being Green truly is a state of being. I has to do with how you feel about the world we live in. What is important to you, in the form of lifestyle. This has everything to do with being green.
I love life, I do, I love the bees, trees, plants, and I love this planet! I really do love this planet. It breaks my heart to see it polluted, and destroyed, the bees being killed off at massive proportions, it brings tears to my eyes to see the ocean polluted and sea life harmed, coral reefs dying, the polar caps melting.
That comes from a place of gratitude and grace for what a gift this planet is. That is something that isn’t from just going through the motions of recycling and taking my own grocery bag to the food store. That comes from a love of all life.
When people come from a place of non-acceptance of what is truly going on in the world, a place of greed, or of materialism, and no gratitude it shows up in their purchases, actions, discussions, their mood, their state of being. That is how they project on to the world.
So, when I say your inner world being green is important that is why. It is how you actually are ” being” in the world.
I love being green and I love learning and finding new ways to be green, it is indeed fun for me. I love how I become more connected to the earth and it’s creatures. I can handle wasps without being stung. They sense that I have no fear, I’ve picked up a snake, a scared mouse. My being green looks like me being more in touch with gratitude for everything we have on this planet.
I work hard at not taking it for granted. I practice love and gratitude. So when I wreck my car and I can’t bring myself to have the insurance company put aftermarket “new” parts on it, when there is stock piles of damaged cars for the picking to get used parts off of, I do it. I just drive my car wrecked until which time, I can do less harm.
You see being green isn’t about fast and easy, it is about taking our time to do what is best for our home. It is about taking care of, just like we would our own homes, or apartments, or condos. We keep them clean and take care of them. Our planet is no different. It is our home! Being green on the inside is important. It dictates our choices. It’s Hip To Be Green®
Technology is here already and it is growing at a rapid rate. So why do so many talk dismal about Climate Change and disaster ? Many believe that fear creates action, in many cases it does. However, when we are speaking about the whole world being destroyed it is too overwhelming for people to take it. Fear creates stagnation.
They just feel hopeless, it’s too painful for them to take in. They give up before they even get started.
If we keep our focus on answers, new technology that is already here, we begin to feel less hopeless and more hopeful. We have the technology already to make huge, huge steps in the environment and climate change.
Many countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Iceland are already major steps ahead of us.
If the technology is already here, why don’t we see it? Most are startups, they need capital, customers, and opportunities to get their products on the market. They are also met with violent opposition by their counterparts, the major organizations that are causing much of the issue with climate change.
We as consumers, the ones really concerned about climate change, have to support each other, gather and decide to make this change happen.
If we continue on with the same mentality that created this massive issue, it will surely not be resolved. It takes tenacity, it takes effort, it takes proactive-ness and commitment. It takes courage and a passion to make a difference.
This is our mission with It’s Hip To Be Green! Show the world that positive actions and new technology are what will bring about the change we need. Taking the positive mentality will get us fired up and passionate about the technology that is already here and create innovative new ideas. Feeling helpless, hopeless and giving up will only cause the toxicity of this planet to continue. WE will be continuing to perpetuate the same actions that caused this issue.
Albert Einstein once said: “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein
We are here to start a new consciousness the HIP movement of change. Getting excited about what is being done and shift to focus on implementing the technology that is already here and passionate about creating more. It’s Hip To Be Green®
Eco Nazi Warriors, Green Consumerism. I sit depressed sometimes at the crazy chaotic confusion of what “ Being Green” means. I hear arguments of what “ Green” should look like, what standards businesses should be “held accountable” to, and I often wonder if in this “ ego” trap that some “ Green “ experts want to insist that we adhere to, we haven’t lost the reason for the actions, the openness to hear and be heard on what solutions can come from it, being an Eco Nazi Warrior setting too high standards and causing issues within the system. Small business being shut down due to the hard-core green standards to which they cannot compete.
On the other hand, I also see our country, our world moving too slowly to make changes, and causing so much desperation among experts, and concerned citizens and the need to push harder, and protest more.
Don’t get me wrong I’m all about non-toxic, clean and a healthier world. I’m about protection of the habitat and it’s inhabitants as well as sustainability. I’m just not hard-core ‘do it this way or else’. Why, because first off I created my campaign to help people understand that every bit they do helps, I also created my campaign It’s Hip To Be Green® to create a more positive, upbeat trend of Being Green, instead of the fear people into becoming more “ Green”.
You see I don’t need to set people straight, make them feel hopeless and unaware, I don’t need to only hold Green businesses accountable for high standards. I believe that it is far more productive to get people excited about being green, show businesses you appreciate what they are doing, and support them moving further into cutting their carbon footprint. As a consumer we hold all the power. The corporations must follow. If we buy we support them.
This may sound as if I’m approving of “ Green Washing”, it isn’t. There is a vast difference in a business doing what it can to be green, than one using “having a “ Green “ model” and on the flip side continuing to support unethical use of “Green” to continue toxic and damaging practices.
I try to stay focused on, Being Green myself at home, in my life, and living by example, then I am pushing it on others. I’m Green and I can prove it. It’s simple. I don’t have an elaborate “ Green built “ house, I have a used house, a refurbished house that also used many “ used” supplies and lumber in the remodeling of it. I’m proud of that. I don’t need to keep up with the “ Green Jones’”. What I do is walk my talk. I don’t do it to ” fit it”. I do it because I really do care about this planet, our health and the environment!
In all honesty, building bigger, more elaborate “ Green” homes is still consumerism. It’s just “ Green Consumerism”. I’m not against it, I promote it, sell it, use it. However, I do feel that there is a division between the big “ Green Consumer Warriors” pushing buying more, Green products, and people buying less, re-using more, using Green products when they need it, and actually cutting their consumerism and carbon foot print down in all areas of their life.
You see buying carbon offsets credits is great, if one cannot balance the scales any other way, but just not having to is much better for the environment. I’m game on having more Green products, more Green options, Greener businesses, totally on board with it. I am one. It’s Hip To Be Green®
What I have issue is, creating a world that has just as much consumerism as it does now, if not more, and it being Greener Consumerism. Creation of products Green or not takes energy and a certain level of carbon footprint. Even if they are Green!
I rarely have to worry about offsetting my carbon footprint and here is why. I’m doing so much and working on doing more every year, to be the Greenest I can be. I don’t need to compete. I don’t need to compare, I just focus on how I can do more. This keeps me more humble, less pushy, and feeling better about what I project into the world. I live it! I don’t preach it. It’s Hip To Be Green, and I love it.
I buy used clothing most of the time, what I don’t buy used, I buy deeply discounted. I sell it or donate it to Goodwill when done. I don’t toss it in the landfill.
I use my towels to the end, trickle them down to dog towels, then rags and use them til they are barely anything left.
I drink out of peanut butter jars. I don’t need to impress, it is more important than “ social status”. I could have a fine formal dinner, and we’d drink out of peanut butter jars. I use peanut butter, it takes energy to recycle them. So, I drink out of them. It saves money, energy, the environment.
I grow my own Organic Veggies and I’m working on fruit trees and eventually fresh eggs.
I re-use almost everything I can. What I cannot re-use I donate.
I use my Organic coffee grinds in my garden, I compost.
I even use broken clay plant pots in my garden for decorations or to hold other plants.
I heat my home with corn burning furnace. That’s right, corn. I buy it from local farmers. I support our local economy, and I heat my home wonderfully with corn. I’m the only person I know that has one. Bio fuel isn’t that green, I use corn. Farmer’s I’d rather support than the Oil industry, or Electric and utility industry.
I use the charcoal from my furnace for gardens or other uses. Nothing goes to waste.
I buy used furniture. I know right, that isn’t chic, hip or even socially classy, but I’m not in this for the game, I’m in it for real!. It is rare that I buy new furniture.
I buy used cars. I see the stockpile of used cars in this country and the lots overloaded with new vehicles. They set it up to buy new, less interest rates, longer terms. Car dealers make it hard to buy used. I can’t bring myself to do it. I buy great, good conditioned, well taken care of, used cars. My current one is Ultra low emissions car. I also drive my cars until they are almost dead. I know, I don’t need a fancy car, I want to help the environment. If people don’t like it, oh well.
I’m frugal, which means I saw money, it also means I don’t buy things I know I won’t use for long. I buy for long term. I also save the environment by being frugal.
I repair instead of replace. I buy products that have replacement parts. Throw away products isn’t my thing.
I drink water and so does my family. Water, filtered of course but WATER! That’s about all you’ll find in our refrigerator. Why because it is what our bodies need, it saves money, and it saves the environment.
I take unused water, in my house and water my plants. I rarely pour water down the drain. It’s so simple, take the glass of water UN-drank water pour it on my plants.
We make due without lots of the time. Because it just makes environmental sense, to not buy if you don’t have to. So, there are many things we just don’t do. I don’t need the newest state of the art anything. If it works and does the job, I’m happy.
I have used office supplies I’ve re-used for decades. Stapler, file folders, calculators, hole punch, etc. I’ve had them for over 20 years. They work. That’s what matters.
We use low Voc and no Voc paint in our home.
I’ve left my house siding as it is because it doesn’t need to look better to serve the social status, or fit it. I’ve decided that until that point that my house “has” to have new siding, The siding it has is just fine. Paint it, and leave it on the house instead of in the landfill. It just doesn’t make sense to throw it in the landfill.
We buy bulk, we also make our own. This keeps down the need for containers. I also re-use containers that our food comes in. It isn’t pretty but it keeps them out of the landfill. It works.
I buy with conscious and commitment. I don’t buy to fit in. I buy clothing that is well made and will last years, and I’ll love wearing it. Buying hip is great, buying quality is better, and if it is hip, which most of mine are, I get double the benefits. I haven’t stopped being fashionable, I’m just wise.
These are just a few of the things I do, to keep my lifestyle “Green” my ethics high, and my commitment in place, not just for future generations, but for us NOW. My family has learned a “Greener” lifestyle. A trend of being Greener, more sustainable, more in tune with living a cleaner lifestyle.
So, when I hear the discussions of making companies adhere to more tight guidelines and possibly hurting small businesses that really are trying their best to make a difference. I cringe, I support their efforts, they have to start somewhere, it isn’t all or nothing. It’s about starting the ball rolling and then allowing it to snowball. Creating a more positive outlook on Climate Change and being a Greener Healthier world. Getting people excited about learning a new way of life. It’s about being open.
This isn’t a competition people, it;s a call to action. No one needs to be a Green Eco Nazi. Just walk your talk, live your life as Green as you can, tell people how you do it, what’s in your heart and watch the trend grow. It can be so effortless. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming and depressing because you can’t do it all.
Let the excitement of being green become a way of spreading love and acceptance in the world. Let’s leave the battles aside. Let’s all just get excited about “ Being Green” leave the keeping up with the Jones, behind us. Find our way to be happy with less.
It’s Hip To Be Green and it feels so good to live it, be it, and spread it around. Every step you take is a step in the right direction. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming, it can be fun! It’s Hip To Be Green®
Pope Francis speaks on the Environment. My emotions are high as I cry about how my hearts desire is possibly coming to reality! When Pope Francis comes to the USA to speak about the environment, religious or not, it brings up so much for me. Tears, finally someone with great power and compassion is speaking the truth! Finally all I’ve worked to bring to awareness about, is being spoken to the masses.
I sit here writing and tears rolling down my face, trying to put into words what I’m feeling right now. I love this planet, truly I do! It is amazing, beauty beyond words, miracles, treasures ( not oil) not yet discovered, and I cannot believe we have gotten to where we are, our planet is filthy! Indeed, very well put. Our God given home is being treated as if it is our personal dumping station.
Animal species are dying, because we humans, are so selfish we cannot see past our own egocentric desires and modern conveniences. Our need for more, our addictions to having bigger, better, newer.
That in spite of the speeches by many, we continue to be in denial of our impact on this planet. We as humans do not have the right to use this planet as we wish, as it isn’t not just ours. It is our children’s, grandchildren, the plants and animals also. We treat it like a trash can.
I have anger, frustration, compassion and love all at once! At times I could just SCREAM at times I want to just crawl in a ball and sob. My heart is open, and hopeful.
This trip to the USA by Pope Francis to speak on the environment is so important! So absolutely incredible, and profound. I feel like I’m stumbling over my words to write this blog entry. I hope with all my heart that this trip, these speeches will be taken in, wake up many Americans as well as our nay sayers in the government, who continue on insisting climate change is a hoax.
As I’ve written before, climate change is just one of the issues, debatable, I say not, yet it is still questioned. Regardless of climate change we still have horrible habits of how we treat our earth, our home. Even if you can’t be on board about climate change, can you see the filth the Pope is speaking of? Can you see waste, over use, and poverty?
Can you find in your heart to see how we are treating it, can you bring yourself to make changes for all the inhabitants on this planet. Can you put your instant gratification desires aside and look at the whole picture. Can you open your heart ?
Can you listen when Pope Francis speaks on the environment and take action? Open your eyes?
I hope you will join me in the effort of so many of us, including Pope Francis, to treat our amazing gift called earth, with respect, love, and gratitude. It’s Hip To Be Green, and necessary thing to do!!!
With cooler weather here window and doors are closed the indoor air quality of your home is more important. We spend 8 hours or more in our bedrooms each day. The amount of toxins in the air in our bedrooms is higher than one might think. Natural Bedding is important. It’s what’s closest to us while sleeping. Mainstream bedding can be toxic. Open a new package of sheets or a blanket and you can smell the chemicals. This is why most people immediately wash the bedding and may even air it out prior to washing. Unfortunately washing doesn’t get all the chemicals out. Using Natural bedding can be beneficial to your health and is much more comfortable and soft than mainstream chemical bedding. Since our bedding is closest to us while sleeping some might say it is more important than anything else in the house to be free of chemicals. Spending time shopping for Organic bedding or Natural bedding such as Organic cotton sheets, Bamboo Sheets or Natural wool bedding is very important for a healthier lifestyle and body.
Feel the difference that an Organic Bed can make, start with Natural bedding and then add an Organic mattress or Organic mattress topper. You’ll be glad you did! Check out our complete line of bedding www.mypumpkindoodle.com
It’s an exciting time of your child’s life when they go off to college for the first time. It can be a hectic and emotional time too. Lots of planning and a long list of supplies to buy before school even begins. This time of the year can be expensive, overwhelming and also crazy. In the midst of all of this chaos being green might be the least of your worries. Besides your soon to be college student wants to have a hip room and hip clothes to wear to school.
Green doesn’t necessarily have to be dull and boring and over spending sure isn’t fun. Cutting down on spending helps your budget and also helps the environment when you don’t over do on buying products.
You can send your college student to school with the hip and “in style” and still watch your carbon footprint and here is how.
Buy clothing that is sustainable and or used. Start shopping early so that you don’t binge buy. There are some really cool “in” clothing that is eco friendly. The great thing about ‘vintage” is that it is Hip already. Shopping at thrift stores can save you lots of money. If buying used isn’t your thing, try buying Bamboo Fashion clothing. It not only wrinkles less, it is light weight so it packs up easy and is very easy to care for, and it’s super soft! It usually doesn’t need ironing and dries quickly, which is great for the student on the go. It makes a great year around fabric and layers easily.
Organizational supplies are a must with dorm living. Believe it or not organization is very eco friendly. The more organized you are, the less likely you are to buy more than you need. When you have less space, organization is paramount. College students need to keep track of their studies, supplies and everyday items, so it will save them time. You can buy natural fiber and sustainable file cabinets, drawers and school supplies. Everything you need can be eco friendly for your student’s dorm room. Natural fiber baskets, bins and desks make your student hip and going green.
Room decor, what college student doesn’t want to have a hip dorm room and bathroom. Mainstream products can be tempting, but you might find that natural products are just as appealing. Bamboo sheets and comforters, natural fiber pillows and even blinds can be made from a more sustainable and earth friendly source. How about Bamboo Towels? We have them along with bathroom rugs, and even robes and slippers.
What an exciting time this is for your family. It can also be a very light footprint for the environment and an opportunity to educate your family on the importance of Going Green! Just a little planning can make your college student’s dorm healthier and hip! Check out our full line of eco friendly products for students at www.mypumpkindoodle.com
I often have heard people say that they will go green when they can afford to. Things are tight now and Green Products are more expensive. That certainly can be the case, as with anything. Luxury products do cost more. I also know that living a green lifestyle myself, that I save money. I re-use, and re-design and re-furbish and I save. I use cardboard boxes in my organic garden to prevent weeds. I use my twisty ties and rubber bands that come on my fruit and veggies for all kinds of uses. I re-use containers and brown paper bags. My daughter loves to make cool projects from paper bags and left over tissue paper from gifts. She make puppet stages and all kinds of inventions out of cardboard boxes. It saves on buying new toys. She learns creativity and I can re-cycle it when she is done. I sell on e-bay and Craigslist. We buy used and we trade toys… all these things add up to saving a lot of money. I can buy green products that are quality made because I save in other ways. We use peanut butter jars to drink out of… it’s great, I never have to worry if one breaks… I used my tin watering can that finally rusted out, for a new planter. It’s decorative and unique. I’d have to say that being green and living a green lifestyle isn’t expensive at all unless you choose for it to be. It can be very affordable and even frugal. Freecycle is a great way to be green. Yard sales, thrift stores are also great and you can sometimes find some really nice finds. There are countless ways of being green. You don’t have to wait until the finances get better. You can actually help your finances by being green. Besides being green is Hip! and it connects you to a greater cause and one that makes you feel good. You meet wonderful people and share a common goal. Being green is fun and educational. It becomes the new way of life and it becomes a habit. I don’t even realize sometimes how green I am, because it’s natural for me now. Green living is the New, consumerism is going out as people realize how wasteful life has been up to this point, and the enormous impact it is having on us all. Give it a try! One step at a time..
Recently had conversations with people and it’s natural that in creating friendships that people want to know what you do for a living. When I tell them I’m a Green Living Online Store owner, the “Green” questions arise. It’s really interesting that they think because they recycle that is all there is to being Green. Don’t get me wrong, recycling is a HUGE deal. It shouldn’t be taken lightly, but by far is only a small fraction of what being Green is all about. I love, really love helping people see the small steps they can take to becoming more Green. Being green doesn’t have to be such a huge life changing event once you understand that you can take small steps that make a big difference in the world and then move on to larger steps later. If becoming Greener seems scary, too overwhelming or you just don’t have time to read all about it to make the changes, here are some tips that you can do now to make the movement from “just recycling” to having a more greener lifestyle.
Donate to Goodwill, Freecycle or Salvation Army
Save old towels and wash cloths for rags
Have Yard Sales
Use Non Voc or Low VOC paints
Use car washes that recycle their water
Buy Green cleaning, and bath & body products
Turn your hot water heater down
Close windows and doors in the evening to prevent heat escape
Turn your thermostat down at night or up if it is air conditioning
When traveling refuse to have sheets changed daily
Use a re-usable shopping bag and drinking travel cup
Use non-toxic-non-chemical products on your lawn and yard
Buy Organic food whenever possible
Buy used clothing
Look for recycled content when buying new
Repair instead of replace when possible
Each step you take creates a ripple in the world that will spread and eventually become commonplace. It makes a huge difference in the Green movement. Little by little with every step the world becomes cleaner, healthier and more sustainable for all life. Make the change to one new Green step a month and you can have a Greener lifestyle in no time. For a listing of our our Green Living products visit us at www.mypumpkindoodle.com
Bedrooms often get overlooked when thinking about Green. People tend to forget about sleeping hours and focus on the waking hours for being green. In fact the bedroom can be one of the most toxic rooms in the house. Most especially when your talking about mattresses. So much goes into making a bedroom feel comfortable and relaxing that we don’t realize all that decor can be toxic. . It’s nice to have a beautiful bedroom, but it is also important to have a healthy bedroom. During our sleeping hours it is very important to have a non-toxic, environmentally friendly sleep environment. An investment in a Green bedroom can improve your sleep, energy level and overall health. Children are especially susceptible to toxic chemical in bedrooms. Their developing lungs need a toxic free environment. Some studies have linked SIDS, allergies and asthma to chemicals in infant mattresses.
This recent study, conducted in Sweden focused on analyzing the air in children’s bedrooms. The researchers were looking for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – gases that are emitted from liquids or solids and which can damage the environment and human health. They tested the air for 8 different VOCs in the bedrooms of 400 children. Nearly half of the children suffered from allergies or asthma, and the other half were healthy.
What they found was a link between the presence of PGEs – propylene glycol and glycol ethers – and asthma, allergies and eczema. In fact, children with PGEs in their bedroom air were between 50 and 180 times more at risk of developing asthma, rhinitis (cold symptoms) and eczema than children whose bedroom air was free of these chemicals.
The study also linked bedroom air containing PGEs to a higher incidence of kids developing antibodies to cats, dogs and pollen. In other words, they are sensitive to pollen and cat or dog dander (usually), and may develop allergic symptoms in the future or already have them.
Although mattresses are a huge issue with off gassing chemicals, lets not forget about carpeting, paint, blinds, curtains, and bedding as another major source of chemicals.
People have reported a significant improvement in their overall health after taking the steps to create a Green Bedroom.
Here are some ways to avoid toxic bedrooms:
Use Non-Voc paint ( or low VOC)
Buy natural fiber blinds or fabric blinds or curtains
The holidays are over and most people are settling into the new year. Cleaning and organizing, storing holiday decorations and gift wrap neatly packed up until next year. It’s true the holiday season is the most wasteful time of the year, but not far behind it is Valentine’s day. Valentine’s cards and candy boxes, gift wrap and bows end up in the landfill.
189 Million Stemmed Roses are sold in the US each year on Valentines day. In comparison 1.2 billion are sold throughout the year. It is estimated that 144 million cards are exchanged each Valentine’s Day.
Here are some of the ways you can have a wonderful Green Heart at Valentines this year, and still make your loved ones feel the LOVE.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle cards, bottles, boxes and gift wrap
Re-use cards, boxes, gift wrap and re-purpose them
Compost what you can
Buy recycled content cards or plantable seed cards
Buy Organic, fair trade or ethical candies and treats
Choose restaurants that have living wages, recycle and offer ethical or sustainable food
Choose evening events that are close by or within walking distance to save emissions
Buy live plants and flowers that can be replanted
Buy handcrafted items and/or items made from natural resources
Take a carriage ride instead of driving
Support local business and local farmers when possible
If you travel by air -off set your carbon footprint
Roses say “I love you” on Valentines day. Try and buy Organic or chemical free Roses from local farms
With the amount of cards thrown out each year (144 million) in a landfill or even recycled, which is far better, but can still pose a problem, it is an enormous carbon footprint in the USA. Imagine if all those cards were planted to make beautiful flowers or Vegetables? That’s a lot of beauty! Could feed a lot of people too! 189 Million Roses purchased each year on Valentine’s Day, has a huge impact on so many issue with the environment with the chemicals used to keep those Roses looking great and blooming for Valentine’s Day, the dyes used to color them, along with the spray to make them shine. It’s far more than the average consumer is aware of. This Valentine’s Day make a commitment to give with a Green Heart and have a Eco Valentine’s Day.
Lisa Hawkins is a Green Entrepreneur dedicated to helping bring awareness to the world about the importance of Being Green.