Thursday, April 22, 2010
I probably sound like an in school presentation from the 1980's, but I believe in "Earth Day, Every Day!".
We are awesome and amazing individuals, and I'm glad that Earth Day gives us a reason to think about our process of living, and the opportunity to commit to making positive changes.
I've been asked before about the reasoning behind some of the choices I make, and I think the best answer I can give is that I believe that once you're aware of the process, of how something becomes what it is and gets to you, you can't go backwards. You make the decisions one at a time, and each decision you make has lasting effects. The decisions get easier to make, and you become more responsible as a consumer and earth inhabitant.
Since I'm an artist and business owner, the process for determining the best tools and products to use in day to day life has really defined my business' operation and the way I make art. From using reusable batteries, printing on eco-friendly papers, having a digital instead of chemical process, and purchasing refurbished equipment and furnishings, to working with other eco-friendly small businesses, buying handmade goods and materials, recycling, reducing, and reusing, I've been able to see how different the impact is from what it could be if i simply chose to do nothing.
As always, the small things are where its at! You have the power right now, to make positive change. It doesn't have to be huge, like solar panels or a hybrid car. It could be that you want to start recycling today, or carrying your own coffee mug. This is your call to action! What will you do?
I am fully open to answering questions about what it means to be a green photographer, or brainstorm with you about how to make your life more eco-friendly! There's a little box over on the right of the blog for questions, or send me an email through the website! :) Happy Earth Day my friends!
Now for some awesome links, in no particular order:
http://stayvocal.com/ a treasure trove of information, inspiration, reuse apparel...
http://www.trulywize.com/ Eco & organic bakery in Greensburg, PA
http://thegreenbrideguide.com/ Aisling's 4 leaf listing on the Green Wedding Directory!
http://www.constructionjunction.org/ Pittsburgh's only non-profit building material reuse retailer! Home-remodelers, Architects, Designers, Contractors, Realtors, & Property Managers, check this out!
http://www.indianapa.com/icswa/dropoff.htm Indiana County Recycling
http://www.pinemark.com/ Get certified as a green individual, learn about your impact and how you can reduce it.
http://www.goveg.com/environment.asp Why being a vegetarian is good for the environment...