This week promote "green" in a manner other than (or in addition to) writing in an Eco-friendly blog. Some suggestions might be to post green-living tips on a public bulletin board, offer to speak to a group about recycling (perhaps at a school or library), enter your green blog into a non-green blog hop, join a non-green forum where you might have the opportunity to introduce green living tips, etc. The idea, here, is to reach people who may not already be part of the "choir". Get creative and let us know what actions you are taking ... and how they work out.
I think of this one as being somewhat easy for me. I tend to talk about recycling and eating locally/organic, and being green fairly often. Probably to the same people, much to their joy. I didn't think I did this, but lately I've been paying attention and it's just something that seems to come up fairly often for me. Like running. I talk about running a lot too even though I know most aren't runners. I apologize.
I'm not much of a twitter fan, but recently started to use it to get the word out about the CTWW posts. The good thing is that most of the followers I have aren't due to being green. I've also started to post on my facebook page about CTWW and linking to the Reduce Footprints blog. Most of those I'm linked to on facebook aren't because of a green effort either.
As far as those I talk to in person, some are more green than others. I find that some people take my suggestions and actually thing about it, others don't. Some feel they need to do more but are overwhelmed with life at the moment, but I hope that by talking to them I at least planted a seed.
One of my friends recently started to use some cloth diapers. I doubt I brought it up first, but I know I had mentioned my plan to use cloth when Husband and I have a kid. I know that we talked about a local store called Cotton Babies, that focuses on cloth diapering. She brought the store up to me mentioning one was going to open soon not too far from where we live (it's actually open at this point) and thought I would be interested in it. So we ended up having a great discussion about it and while in the back of her mind she had thought about cloth diapering, I really do think after discussing it with somebody who plans to do it and going over the pro's and cons, she made the leap. She isn't 100% on cloth yet, the cost has kept her from being able to buy as much as she needs, but she does use them as much as possible.
I have talked to a lot of people about eating organic and I do believe I've made a few converts. Nobody has switched 100%, heck, I haven't even switched 100%, but most have made some changes. I know I have one person who isn't worried about eating organic, but worries about animals being treated humanly. I've talked to her several times (this week actually!) about local options where she would be better off buying meat. Of course, I had to mention that going organic with dairy would be a good idea too since it comes from animals.
I do know that my Mom and my sisters use re-usable bags a lot. I think they all still use plastic, but it's not as bad. My Mom even carries a couple of bags in her purse now. She hasn't told me it's because of me, but I know on several occasions I showed her the ones in my bag when we were out shopping and I wiped one out to use and she always mentioned how it was a good idea. She even got me a really cool one for Christmas. It folds up really small and is super light weight, but when you un-roll it, it's huge! I love it!
Now, I have to admit that one of my sister's has me beet in one aspect. Composting and growing veggies. Her and her husband have an awesome vegetable (and fruit!) garden. This year I'll be attempting both myself and look forward to asking her for recommendations. Last year, she knew I had been interested in blackberries and raspberries. She grows blackberries and needed to thin out one of her plants and had her husband bring me some. I was able to plant both and one really really grew! I even got 3 pieces of fruit from it last year, which I picked, washed off, and popped in my mouth. Yum. Fun note, her husband brews his own beer and even grows some of his own supplies! How cool is that! Oh, and best of all, her kids are involved in this. The oldest is 5, the middle one is 2.5, and the youngest isn't even 1 year yet. So while the youngest one hasn't experienced the garden yet, he will. I know that after dinner, they will go outside and pick blackberries for dessert (when in season). I imagine they help to pick the tomatoes and other items too.