Celebrity Eco-Friendly Tips
The (surprisingly simple) truth about "going green": continued...
"It wasn't until later that I understood the harm that can come from
pesticides and other chemicals in food. As soon as I did, I tried to eat foods
that were organic, grown locally, and not processed or full of preservatives.
That was reinforced when I became a parent. When I'd read about what pesticides
do to small animals, I thought, Why would I expose my child to that?
"Now, we also do other things to protect our family's health, from
installing a water-filtration system to using nontoxic shampoos. I try to open
the windows in the day — an old-fashioned airing out — even in winter, because
the air inside the house is often more polluted than the air outside.
"I just want my kids to be as healthy as they possibly can. And I feel
like eating well is the best start for living well."
"Some things are important for the world to know...like how long I
shower. Seriously. I take a three-minute shower. I even brush/wash — brush my
teeth while I shower. Here's why: I learned that every two minutes in the
shower uses as much water as a person in Africa uses for everything in their
life for a whole day — drinking, bathing, cooking, and cleaning — everything!
When you become aware of all the things you do, and the effect those things
have, you want to make small changes ... When I found out that my cell phone
charger still uses energy when it's plugged in and it's not being used, I began
unplugging it. It all goes back to awareness and knowing better and then making
a simple shift in habit. Eventually, it just becomes second nature. If we all
begin to learn from one another and share some of the things we do, we just
might be able to affect the world for the better through these little
Originally published on June 11, 2008
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