Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Green/Greener

I've never been a real fan of green, as in the colour itself, but the colour green is symbolic of something I do love. Living life green. I'm not sure how the colour green came to represent a whole way of living. A lifestyle, a choice, a way of being and thinking. After all, what's wrong with yellow? or red? I guess 'go yellow and live life red' don't have the same ring to them. They don't conjour up the same mental image. I live in NZ so it's easy for me to associate the word green with something refreshing and clean. Soft, green moss, dampened with mist from a crisp clear waterfall. In my head this 'green' place is calm and it's clean of course. No rubbish. No cars. No smoking. I wonder what sort of image comes to mind for those people living in barren desersts? Cities towering with neon signs and skyscrapers? What is their green? (Feel free to tell me if you live in these places!)


How is it that 'green' has come to represent recycling? food miles? carbon emissions? Somehow people all around the world have come to realise that the colour green means 'caring for our earth.' It means being responsible caretakers and it means looking after the planet that we depend on. Don't bite the hand that feeds us in other words! With Christmas coming ever closer I've been thinking a lot more about 'being green' and ways to be greener. As a rule we try to be green. We recycle and reuse, take our own bags and pick up rubbish.We consider the place and source of origin but is it enough? Taking your own bags isn't 'being green.' Its on the way. Recycling, walking and not driving, buying second hand, supporting Greenpeace...individually all these things are just on the way to being green. Can we actually 'be' green? I've been thinking a lot and I've come to the conclusion that it is virtually impossible for most of us to actually 'be' green we can only be greener, we live in a society that makes actually being green hard. Being green can be expensive, inconvienent and not nesecarily practical. Being green is an ideal.That's my opinion anyway.That said I've also concluded that every step we take indivually towards being greener leads to a collectively big step. Small is big and those small steps should be celebrated. So lets start celebrating!

I want to celebrate the things in life that make things greener. I'm no longer silly enough to commit to a regular posting on a set topic at a set time so I am starting small, with this post, written just to celebrate something thats 'greener.' Actually, 2 things.


The 2 things are "tree takeaways" and pom poms. Yes, pom poms. Today we ventured into the city to attend a free winter themed craft shop for kids and we ended up making pom poms! I have to say these pom poms are pretty cool and they're made cooler by the fact that they're made from 2nd hand shop wool. Way to go Bunnings Warehouse for not supplying balls of new wool to the kids, there was no-one complaining about the lack of new things, no additional power was consumed and no-one was required to have a cell phone. The kids actually had a lot of fun making pom poms. In fact mine are still making them as I type and these ones are destined for the local SPCA so the kittens can play with them. We bought 2 herb plants while we were there so that's a small green point on top. (Or should that have been a green cherry?)

Tree Takeaways is just as it sounds. A local mall was keen to show it's green side by giving away free native tree seedlings in biodegradable pots. We were especially pleased because we managed to get Pohutakawa, Kowhai and Karo seedlings, the first 2 are able to replace 2 of my children's birth trees (of the same species) which were destroyed last year by ants. The event was run by 'trees for paper' an organisation that trades 1700 educational places around NZ  with native seedlings for paper.All the school has to do is recycle their waste paper and in return they get trees. Sounds like a win win situation to me.

11 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

great post Lisa! i agree it is a goal and an ideal that we strive for. not always convenient but always makes me feel good and i think the color green is the mascot because the alternative to green world ...green plants and trees would be brown and dead
wonderful program with the native trees!

Deborah said...

What a great project, a fun creative activity for kids that results in toys for kitties who need them.

Nora said...

I try to be as "green" as I can be and it has become a life style that I hardly give a scond thought. Almost everything I do is "green." I'm very glad that I live in a place where it is possible to do that as to transportation and recycling choices. Although I live in town, there's greenery all around me in the form of trees and gardens and fields. I can still walk my dog and he can still piddle against a bush. Lucky me and lucky dog.

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Mick said...

As I've said more than a few times before, being a good steward of our environment, nature and life in general is a good thing for each and every individual to be cognizant of.
Joining the so-called "green movement" has connections to radical, leftist politics and a socialist agenda that I cannot support.
Individual attempts at recycling, walking when possible, seeking environmental fuel alternatives, etc. are good things to do. Blindly following a political movement under the green guise is misplaced blind faith that will come 'round to bite you in the end. Pay NO HEED to what they say, WATCH what they do. Follow the money and your eyes will be opened to this latest scam being perpetrated by those who have one set of rules for themselves and another set of rules for all of us.
Question authority!

Debrina said...

I made a decision this year to use mostly recycled products this year in my art. You would have seen that in my latest posting (and thank you for leaving such a lovely comment, Lisa). I feel really weird these days if I don't use recycled or 2nd hand materials. That was what the barter circle was all about too. Anyway - loving the pom poms! You could use them as pois!! Lol. Have you also seen the seed takeaways that the mental health foundation is selling at the moment? I saw them at the warehouse the other day. And good on Bunnings!!

Jasmine said...

What a beautiful and inspiring post Lisa. Thank you :)
I love the take away trees, the best way to celebrate becoming greener xJ

ArtPropelled said...

Tree Takeaways ... What a great idea!

layers said...

so you wear polka dot socks too-- I also have scarves and dish towels and so on... I love your post about trying to 'go green'- I also take my own bags to the store and recycle at home and take my own water bottles and so on.. I guess every bit can help.

Kim Palmer said...

Go you green girl! Love the tree pots what a fun idea and hooray for corporations thinking outside the box and recycling as well! I'm green with envy, ROFL!

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