‘The Green in…‘ Is a series of interviews with people who are nurturing green ideas within their daily lives, without giving up their day jobs.
The Green in…Karla Courtney - Q&A
What’s your personal elevator pitch/introduction?
Hi, I love Michael Jackson and my goal is to have an exhibition of knitted portraits. Want to be my friend?
Tell me about an interesting green initiative you’ve heard about or worked on.
I like simple initiatives that are easy to add into our lives but can make a big difference – the Bokashi Apartment compost is a product I really dig. So many of the “biodegradable” things we throw in our bins will sit in landfills for years and years taking up space. I think this is a great way to reduce our household waste. I need to stop talking about them and get one. I am going to right now.
How are you green in your daily life?
No car – we walk or take public transport. My husband and I have made a conscious decision to go as long as possible without having our own vehicle. We live in the city centre, it really isn’t necessary.
Nappies – I did a lot of research into my nappy solution. I use some cotton but I am also concerned about the amount of water waste. I have found some great biodegradable nappies that also adopt an eco-certified manufacturing process.
Household products – eco friendly as much as possible. My cleaning arsenal is all from Cinderella Cleaning Products - they are chemical-free, plant-based and biodegradable – and while I am sure they don’t recommend ingesting, you don’t need to call poison control if you do. Toilet paper, etc, always recycled and I avoid overly packaged options whenever I can.
Little things – turn off power points, recycle, take shorter showers.
Be nice – I don’t like to be preachy to people who aren’t as “green” as I am because I know that there are about a trillion people who live much more eco-friendly lives than I do. I think the important thing is to encourage everyone to try and focus on as many small things as possible.
How often do you think about green issues?
I think a bit of green is embedded in my habits always. Consciously, at least a few times a day. I want my son to be respectful of his surroundings.
Who inspires the green in you?
Everyone else who has to share the same resources I do!
Green Articles, blogs or books you recommend…
How about eco-store? I really like www.ecobabe.com.au - that’s where I get my nappies, cleaning products and inspiration for other household items that could be greener.