I know that some of you out there are pretty cynical about living green. One woman who decided to challenge her cynicism is National Post journalist Vanessa Farquharson. Vanessa started the blog Green As a Thistle, and chronicled a year in the life of an eco makeover. Each day for an entire calendar year she made one positive environmental change until after 365 days, she'd added that number of environmental changes to her daily routine. She stopped using her dishwasher, unplugged her refrigerator, and sold her car. As she writes on her blog, "It was a gruelling year, but in the end, it proved that being an environmentalist doesn't necessarily mean being a smug hippie, nor does it have to mean compromising aesthetic values or good wine."
Vanessa also wrote a book about her adventures in eco living, called Sleeping Naked Is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days. While I haven't yet read the book (it hasn't been released yet) I did follow Vanessa's blog regularly during her eco challenge, and can confidently report that her writing is inspiring and engaging.
Want to get started on eco-fying your home? Get some tips from Vanessa, during a video home tour, when you