After talking to a few friends about their views on what green living is all about, I thought we'd be on the same page when it came to shopping for groceries: eat local foods, support local farmers, etc. I found that all of us had different perspectives on how to best lower greenhouse gases, and each had a totally different picture of what a green home would look like...One friend maintained that the carbon footprint of fruit being shipped in from Ecuador is lower than food you can get at a farmer's market where we are in Canada due, she said, to the amount of energy it would take to grow certain kinds of food here. I'm a stickler for supporting local markets, but I realize there are a lot of different perspectives out there. So I'll pose this question to you: how do you measure your green-ness?
Do you avoid plastic in your home? Do you calculate your carbon footprint? How do you heat and cool your home? At the end of the day, what would make you feel validated that you were leading a green life?
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(Image: Kelby Carr)