Have you ever heard the phrase, “What’s your shade of green”? If you aren’t familiar with the sustainable community than you may have no idea what I am referring to. It simply refers to your level of sustainability; so what you do, or what you are open to doing, in order to be a responsible, green, eco-minded individual. I’ll admit, when I was first presented with the idea of working on the environmental side of 84 Lumber, I was intrigued, but hesitant. Curious because at the root of it, being green is about helping; helping the community, future generations and the world by recycling, conserving and reducing consumption. And let’s be serious, being green is trendy.
However, I was hesitant for many of those same reasons. Sure, being green sounds cool, but how easy is it to implement those practices? How open are others in the community and the world to hear about it, learn about it, and take those steps?
With those questions came along the question of “What’s your shade of green?”. In other words, what changes or processes are you personally willing to implement to be more responsible, or green-minded. Perhaps you are a light shade of green and use your recycling can that the township delivered to you free of charge and switched all of your CFLs over to LEDs so you don’t have to worry about changing them in the next 20 years. Or maybe you are a darker shade of green in that when you put that addition on your house you opted for the WaterSense toilet, faucets and showerheads, the bamboo flooring, the Energy Star windows, and used cellulose insulation in the walls. Or perhaps you are a darker green and advocate for everything green. You’ve done your research and know your stuff. You wouldn’t dream of not having a rainwater catchment system or solar panels.
So, as you can see, there are all different shades of green, and each one of them is significant, just like every purchase we make (or don’t make) can have a significant impact on our environment. This blog is going to be used as a platform to discuss the varying shades of green that are out there. I plan on covering everything from building materials, to what it means to “be green”, to what practical steps can be taken to feel more responsible and empowered to make a difference in your home or community.