Welcome to Green as a Thistle. My name is Vanessa, I'm a journalist at the National Post, based in Toronto.
When I saw the documentary An Inconven— no, just kidding. Now that organic is the new bl— OK, no, seriously now. In short, this blog began somewhere between guilt and earnestness, between dissing Stéphane Dion's dog (named Kyoto) and finding myself amongst a group of eco-hipsters drinking hemp beer at an anti-styrofoam party.
I decided to take on a bit of a challenge: Spend each day, for an entire calendar year, doing one thing that betters the environment. The idea was that everything I did, I kept doing (so if I switched brands, it was a permanent switch; if I turned down my thermostat, I kept it down), so that by day 365, I'd be living as green a lifestyle as it gets.
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. You can read more about what I learned in my book, Sleeping Naked is Green, or just keep reading this here blog. Now, I'm mostly writing about whatever the heck pops into my head (isn't that a novel concept for a blog?).
Spring Cleaning It’s spring, and although I am writing this while there is snow on the ground (northern problems), the weather is about to get warmer and the flowers are about to bloom. And, people are about to get the urge to start spring cleaning. The warm, fresh air somehow invokes the thought of cleaning […] The post 6 Steps to Rock Spring Cleaning as an […]
This post contains affiliate links to products. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. This helps keep Green as a Thistle ad-free and pop-up free. Green Laundry Regular laundry routines feature tide laundry detergent which is around $0.20 per load, a dryer sheet which is $0.04 per load. So, $0.24 a […] The post Eco-Friendly Laundr […]
How to Save Money on Variable Expenses This is it. Time to start budgeting, saving money and cutting back on spending. You have a money goal you want to achieve and it’s time to make it happen! This post will share how you can save money on common variable expenses. It time to consume less, […] The post How to Save Money on Groceries and Other Variable Expen […]