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Quote of the Day and You're Not Green When....

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Posted on : 9:04 AM | By : Nic | In : , ,

Friends, books, a garden, and perhaps his pen,
Delightful industry enjoy'd at home,
An Nature, in her cultivated trim
Dress'ed to his taste, inviting him abroad -
Can he want occupation who has these?
- William Cowper, The Task, 1780

I'm in Vancouver this week, working at cleaning.  It's tough for me to leave the girls for a few days, but at the same time, once a month it's good for them to stay at Grandpa's and they love it.  They like going there, but I miss them, even though it's nice to spend time with John.


Vancouverites are very eco-conscious, and I see it all the time when I clean their homes.  Here are some things that are NOT green:

1.  Just because you bought soap or Q-tips and take them out of the packaging and put them into a glass jar doesn't mean the packaging doesn't exist.  You still threw away the packaging.

2.  Buying organic food that comes in lots of plastic packages is also not earth friendly.  Also buying organic food that was shipped in from Mexico and China doesn't really help that much.  Spend the time to buy local.

3.  Being vegetarian and eating tofu is great, but it's not a badge of honor.  Buying locally grown free range meat is about the same.

4.  If you built a green home, but that home is 5000+ square feet, it's probably still using lots of resources to heat it and the quantity of materials was still more than you needed.

5.  Don't wear organic clothes that LOOK organic or say it on it.  I have organic clothes that you would never know, and I do tell people because it's better to convince people to buy that stuff if it looks good.  It's sort of like those older model electric cars that they tried to make LOOK electric.  It's just not convincing to people.  

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