Green Recap: May

Lemons! I can have lemons again! I gave them up, if you’ll recall, back in March, when I decided to restrict myself to food grown within the U.S. and Canada only (as local as I’m going for the time being). Finally, this precious yellow fruit — along with blueberries, but unfortunately not yet avocados — has cropped up in California, which means my room-temperature water will taste a little less bland and my salad dressings will be a little zingier.

I’m officially one-quarter of the way through this green challenge, which is satisfying in some ways, but also makes me incredibly panicky about what on earth I’m going to have to do to round out the other three-quarters of the year. I never really plan my green moves more than a few days in advance, and I’m starting to think that there might not be 365 aspects of my life I can change (again, suggestions more than welcome), at least not without resorting to more drastic measures like getting rid of my car, restricting my food and drink consumption to the borders of Ontario and — god forbid — unplugging my hair dryer.

The more I go along with this blog, the more I’m encouraged by how much support I get from readers, but with every new reader comes even more pressure to pull this whole thing off, and I seriously have my doubts. After getting some coverage on TreeHugger, a few pingbacks and a Thinking Blogger award, turning this into a weekly column for the National Post, acquiring an agent and speaking to some publishers, as well as boosting my hit count to over 1,000 a day, it’s dawned on me that, at this point, there’s no turning back (help!).

But on a lighter note: Sometime this past month I discovered a fascinating tool in WordPress that lets me see what Google searches have led people to this site. Sometimes it’s stuff that makes sense, like “natural dishwashing powder” or “what is a thistle?”, but other times it’s been anything from “poo of the day” to “funky chicken” (I’m guessing that was thanks to my funky chicken doorstop post). Either way, it never ceases to amaze me what people type into their search engines and how they end up here, reading about some crazy girl in Toronto who turned off her fridge.

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9 Responses to Green Recap: May

  1. Alina says:

    Hihi, I get the weirdest things end up in my site, mostly related to toilets clogged with kitty litter.

    And now that you have a column at the National Post about the blog, I’d say you have more leverage convincing those guys to turn down the airco in the summer. Maybe you can get other people to sign a petition or something…

    And by the way, I tagged you with the 7 random things meme. Check my site for more details… I don’t know if you do memes, but I tagged you anyway.

  2. pat farquharson says:

    Keep going sweetie; we are all with you on this. (actually not doing most of the stuff but at least feeling guilty!)
    Maybe we can start making cat fur pillows or art projects involving used tea bags?

  3. Chile says:

    Oh. Alina, you mean there was a choice whether to do the meme? Now I read this…. *heavy sigh* J/K

    Vanessa, you are truly an inspiration. You go, girl!

  4. Lloyd Alter says:

    hits don’t matter anymore, I read you in RSS. You are probably getting double what you think.

  5. You unplugged your fridge (I could never do that), but you still use a hair dryer? My hair is pretty long and I don’t even use one in the dead of winter (Yes my hair freezes. I’m fine with that. It’s dry by the time it thaws.). I can’t imagine pointing that hot thing at my head in the summer time. Especially with no A/C.

  6. Hellcat13 says:

    Heh. Some people are not so lucky as to have hair that doesn’t require a blow dryer. I have very fine, thin hair, and unless I want to look like a complete knob, that blowdryer is a luxury that I’ll keep in my life.

  7. Molly says:

    What about trying to repair any electronics that break before replacing them? That’s a change that isn’t too hard but has a good sized impact.

  8. dustybanjo says:

    I just took a look back through your achives, seeing as how I only discovered your blog sometime mid-May I think, and it doesn’t look as if you’ve gone over to the Diva Cup. (See Crunchy Chicken’s blog on it if you haven’t already. ) Now there’s something terrific you can do!

  9. Cat says:

    Presume that newsprint is less environmentally damaging than some of the bleached, overly processed papers used in the graphic design industry, however, we try whenever possible to spec environmentally-friendly papers. There are a variety on the market including: post consumer papers, recylced varitals and even FSC papers. Obviously going digital would off-set the use of trees, but is the footprint actually smaller, given the hydro and energy costs asscociated in using ones computer? Do you know by chance?

    If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few I’ve been putting into practice:
    Walk, bike or take the TTC to work;
    Always carry tupperware for take-out. I’m always struck by the impact this has on others, who never thought about it until they saw me do it;
    Recycle your books. Once you’ve finished a book, share it with someone else and ask them to do the same;
    Make your own greeting cards. Recycle the front of cards you receive and make them original with your own message inside using recycled paper of course;
    Don’t buy yogart, or products that use plastic;
    Use environmentally friendly paints (is there a paint recyling plant);
    Climb the Cn tower for WWF;
    Start a green thistle day in Toronto, tying it to authours who are green-friendly Canadians. The Post should be the main sponsor. Have a grant for aspiring writers who can capture attention and put Canada on the map as a world leader. Would be nice to use your momentum to continue to raise public support and awareness for change.

    Keep up the great work!
    Cat, Cat-Creative

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