I feel it necessary to get this post out of my system. To justify, or at the very least try explain why I have decided to take up this little space in the internet.

Lots of my favourite things are green: Trees in summer; my pounamu necklace; lily-pads; kiwifruit, to name a few. Green is the colour of life, growth, neautrality and calm, but green or at least “being green” is also becoming a buzz word. Not dissimilar to the way “eco-friendly” or “clean-eating” have become terms that reflect the values that people feel that they should be buying into. An easy way to do this is by buying a product with it written on. All that the marketers need to do is chuck it on a label and it will sell. Just the same as “fat-free” used to be plastered on everything in the supermarket.

None, or at least not all of these of these terms were designed to deceive. But when businesses and products are allowed to call themselves eco-friendly or green and this makes us want to buy them, then we should probably have an understanding of what it is we are buying into.

It may sound as if I am building up to give you all the answers. If that is the case, then I apologise because I certainly don’t have them. What I do have is a desire to live life in a way that I understand to be more “green”.

For me I can break it down into three main things:

  1. Consume less
  2. Eat more vegetables
  3. Breathe more oxygen

These are the things I want to focus on and hold myself accountable for.

Accountability sounds like a scary thing. Personally, I think the first step is making your decisions consciously  in the first place. Writing is what works for me as a way to be aware and to reflect on any changes I have going on in my life.

So that’s what this post is. A first step towards my green.