Living in a world that has become consumed with technology, it may give us reason to think that “being green” could become a lost cause. Yet, technology has given us so many outlets to become more ecologically responsible. Bills, schedules, and even airline tickets can now be accessed paperless. The Internet and television have made us more connected and globally aware of products available to help protect the environment in every aspect of our lives.
In the home especially, you can now choose a range of products that will help sustain the environment, while still providing beautiful, sleek and modern finishes. The Home Depot has a link on their website (www.homedepot.ca) to a section called “Eco Options,” where you can easily locate the product type you are looking for, from flooring to appliances to décor, there is a way you can help manage your carbon footprint. But the green initiative doesn’t stop at technology and interior/exterior design.
Almost all major grocery stores have become more eco-friendly as well. By providing large reusable bags/bins, made out of recycled materials and typically costing $1, consumers are given a convenient eco-option. And even if you do forget your reusable bags at home, you will be charged 5 cents per plastic bag, which have also become noticeably larger in order to try and reduce the volume of plastic bags and encourage the purchase of reusable ones. The food itself has taken on the green trend; growing organic crops and eating green foods like avocado, broccoli, spinach, and kale are all the buzz with regards to keeping good health and a healthy planet.
The trend of being environmentally friendly has transpired into the fashion world as well. For example, H&M has created the “Conscious Collection.” It is H&M’s “action for a more sustainable fashion future.” This collection uses greener materials such as organic cotton and recycled polyester. Originally the campaign came out in April 2011, and the colour scheme was mainly different shades of white and muted earth tones. However, one year later, they are still producing the collection but have amped up the colour pallet. Walking into the store this season, you will be bombarded—literally—with everything green. Emerging mainly in pastel and mint, but with occasional pops of emerald, green is popping up all over the fashion world and the colour is going to be a huge trend this spring.
So maybe it was the resurgence of Kermit the Frog, or maybe it’s because being eco-conscious has spanned to every outlet of our lives, but I am happy to say that it’s never been so easy being green.
(This article was originally written by me for www.thesilo.ca and published in the March 2012 issue.)