Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Living with an 'over the top' environmental steward

Am I a crazy person?? Does my husband roll his eyes and poke fun at me about my eco ways when I'm not around??

One of my friends made a comment the other day that I must be hard to live with, you know because I make my husband use homemade toothpaste- it made me I?? So I asked. This could have gone south pretty fast-surprisingly it went very well. What I loved the most is that he answered without hesitation and with confidence, he knew the answers and had no doubts. He also asked if he would be paid for his interview- I told him he could have all the proceeds from this blog post, haha zero dollars; I'm not in this for the money!

So here is q&a with my husband who has to live with me...the green eco freak... or my favorite- an environmental steward.

Q; What is life like living with a person who is over the top committed to the environment?
A; It is my life. It doesn't inconvenience me and I'm glad that you find happiness in something your so passionate about.

Q; Would you do anything different if I was away for 6 months?
A; Probably not. Possibly cleaning with chemicals but than I would probably realize that I cant stand inhaling the stuff and switchback.

Q; So you would make homemade laundry soap and toothpaste?
A; Yes, to save the money. Laundry soap for sure, don't know about the toothpaste.

Q; Would you keep up on the clean eating?
A; That is probably where I would slip, for myself- but not the kids. I know the importance of eating real food and that junk is only ok once and a while.

Q: Has my green ways spread into your thought process outside of the work? (he is a carpenter)
A; Not as much when it comes to materials for a job, but I definitely try not to drive around if I don't have to- I can call places or search online instead of heading over to the store.

Q; So you don't think I'm crazy?
A; No, your smart, you save us money- and stuff. Sometimes it can be frustrating but it is right. At the end of the day it is the right choice and although sometimes it can be inconvenient it is not a huge inconvenience.

Q; Hard question to answer, but do you think you would be the same without my influence?
A; I would be a very different person, I would still be a little conscious like I would not litter and I would recycle but in the garage I had some bad habits.

Q; Could you ever go back?
A; No I couldn't not be conscious of the importance of protecting the environment now, I have kids and I want to protect them, I might flex a bit, but over all, no.

Phew!! He doesn't hate me, well I guess I knew that, but he doesn't hate that we live a little different than the average family, he thinks what we are doing is right, and I don't drive him crazy. So in conclusion, Il keep up the good work of reducing our families footprint because it is not a huge inconvenience but makes a huge difference.

So there you have it green avengers- keep up the good work, it is appreciated by those around you!

Our family on Canada Day in Fenelon Falls checking out the hydro electric generating station.

Thanks for reading my blog!
Julia Taylor