It's not easy being Green

Friday, June 16, 2006

It's not easy being green


It’s not easy being Green, or is it?
Dena Stevens
Ecobroker, CSP

Now that the calendar is well into 2006, we are seeing a bit of Green out our windows and as we drive down the road. But is Southern Colorado really turning Green?

There is an ongoing movement to buy Green . What is Green? It’s environmentally sound and ecologically minded products, among other things. And what a vast quantity of products there are to buy. Take a trip down the aisle of the local big box store. More and more products, like washers and dryers, are being labeled ‘e - star’ or ‘energy star’, they may cost more up front but they will cost less based on their energy usage in the long run.

And while you are cruising threw the store take a look at the flooring and the furniture department. Notice all of the bamboo products. Yes, bamboo is Green, but it is also ‘Green’.
Bamboo according to http://www.whybamboo.com/ : ‘The fastest growing plant on this planet; A critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; A viable replacement for wood; An enduring natural resource Versatile with a short growth cycle; A critical element of the economy; An essential structural material in earthquake architecture; A renewable resource for agroforestry production; A natural controllable barrier; An ancient medicine, Integrally involved in culture and the arts’.

Another way we can become more Green around our homes is by avoiding volatile organic compounds/chemicals. You can now buy VOC free paints. Remember when you could hardly stand to paint a room because of the smell and headaches? Think about painting your next room Green.

Carpet is always a big investment. But next time you have to buy - think Green. You can buy carpet that is recycled and reduces dependence on oil, meets government regulations on recycling, can last longer than conventional flooring, is safer for you and your family, using carpet that has been recycled reduces what goes into the landfills, gives you a ‘feels good’ attitude and it’s good for future generations.

So today we have covered a small portion of what is available to turn Green : appliances, flooring, furniture, paint and carpet. There are many other ways to turn Green. A good source of information is your local suppliers and of course the internet. But I’d like us all the think about our next purchase and how it will effect the environment. Can we always be Green? It’s going to be difficult at times, but with some effort it can be done. So make Kermit the Frog proud, turn Green.

Dena Stevens Ecobroker PuebCO Properties 719 369-9087 denastevens@yahoo.com or colorado.ecobroker@yahoo.com / www.coloradoecobroker.com