five non blondes

Green as a Thistle
February 29, 2008, 3:09 pm
Filed under: environmental issues | Tags: ,


I’m new to this blogging thing, so I’ve been gradually discovering new ones everyday.  I just came upon “Green as a thistle”( ) yesterday and I’m so disappointed that I didn’t find it sooner.  It’s written by Vanessa Farquharson, a reporter for the Toronto National Post.  One year ago today she took on the commitment to “green” one thing in her life every day for 1 year.  By the final day, her intent was to be living the greenest life possible.   She has acheived that and more and looking back through the archives makes for some great reading.  She has a very down to earth wit and charm about her that keep things real.  She doesn’t take herself or this endeavor to seriously.  In fact, her slogan is “making one change every day to greenify my life (and hopefully not being too smug about it).”  Many of her efforts are pretty funny, like taking a shower in the dark using vinegar instead of shampoo, or skinny dipping to avoid buying a new swimsuit and saving the water required to wash it.  Alas, today is the last day in her experiment, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last we hear from her.  She’s built up quite a readership and has promised to continue posting about the green habits she’s keeping for good and those that will have to go.  I think there’s also talk of a book deal in the works.  It’s definitely worth checking out for some good tips and some good laughs.

-Rebecca, SF


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