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Introducing Shades of Green

Introducing Shades of Green

Faced with the task of developing a blog for Care2, I almost succumbed to full-blown panic. My insecurities all came out of the woodwork, little voices asking me who do I think I am to write a blog about green living? Do I have any “green cred”?

But the more I thought about it, the more it seemed perfect. I am certainly not like Annie B. Bond, the executive editor of this very site, who lives a 100 percent non-toxic lifestyle and has been writing about it for decades. I am nothing like my co-editor Melissa Breyer, who cooks homemade, healthy meals every day from organic ingredients she buys at her local greenmarket and churns her own butter! I am never going to build my own recycled steel-frame and straw-bale house with a rooftop rainwater-harvesting system, like a Northern California couple I read about recently. And I am certainly no Ed Begley Jr.—pedaling for 10 minutes to charge the toaster for my morning breakfast.

But there are shades of green. I chose every single car I ever owned with good gas mileage in mind and now drive a hybrid, I have always recycled and I have an enviable collection of reusable cotton grocery bags that I actually take to the store with me and use almost every time. I usually buy fresh, locally grown, organic produce at my local Whole Foods, but I have also been known to eat a bag of frozen lima beans for dinner. I tend toward the natural shampoos and beauty products but was recently appalled to learn that some of the things in my bathroom cupboard have some seriously nasty chemicals in them. I am down with the idea of reducing consumption as a theory, but in practice, well, I have a slight addiction to buying new purses.

So what I am, I decided, is just like a lot of you. I am green-minded with lots to learn and a sincere desire to get better and help save the Earth one small step at a time. Let’s do it together, shall we?

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Jana Ballinger

Jana Ballinger has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and copy editor for daily newspapers. She lives in a vintage house in Northern California with her husband and an orange cat.


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10:42AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:14PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

good luck, we can all only do our best...I'd like to see a picture of the cat.....

3:47AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

We must each play our part.

3:49PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

A little effort can go a long way and there's always room to grow. Thanks Jana.

7:14AM PST on Nov 10, 2011


9:47PM PDT on Apr 26, 2008

I too try to do the best I can. I raise a garden, can, freeze, and dry my own food. I also recycle, open windows instead of conditioner when at all possible. shades of green vary at times. Reading your blog will hopefully help me to do more, but please, don't ask me to give up my deodorant

11:14AM PDT on Apr 18, 2008

Jana your writing is so funny, and I think your blog will really sit well with a lot of people, like me! I cant compete with hard core greenies either, but I really do care about my health and the earth.

10:03PM PDT on Apr 15, 2008

I gave up running for the 'greener than thou' title a long time ago. Like the Beatles said, we're all doin' what we can!

5:16PM PDT on Apr 15, 2008

Yesss. Let's do it. Thank you, Jana, for focusing on doing what you can and taking the guilt out of trying to go green. All great journies start with a single step.

3:42PM PDT on Apr 15, 2008

Thanks so much for being honest! It's good to know we're all on the path together.

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