After the mayhem of Black Friday, Green Monday is about to hit. Black Friday has become a great platform for consumers to save on goods offered on sale on that day, and Green Monday is following suit. Usually the second Monday in December, we thought we’d challenge ourselves (and maybe you!) to use this day to purchase goods with a ‘green’ focus. This can mean many things – ethical sourcing, local, sustainable products, environmentally aware design, cruelty free – however you interpret this. We all consume a lot, from food, household goods, clothes, entertainment, advertising, social media, travel, transport, it’s at the centre of our lives! We thought Green Monday 2017 would be a good opportunity to see if we can use the day to look at what we purchase and consume. The more we consume, the more we buy, the more resources we are using. Advertisements
We live in an amazing time where we face huge environmental and social challenges, but we are also more equipped than ever to deal with these challenges and to meet them with creativity and innovation. The rise of the conscious consumer provides a unique opportunity for brands to see further than the traditional horizon of simply ‘doing enough’.
Pachamama is the goddess of fertility, generosity and the feminine in Andean cultures in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina. In Quechua and Aymara, ‘pacha’ is the word for the world, cosmos, time and space, while ‘mama’ means mother, making ‘Mother Earth’ a common English translation. The Sydney Latin American Film Festival created the Pachamama Festival in 2014 as a platform for people from diverse cultural backgrounds to renew their connections to nature, in a world seemingly at war with nature. It begins as a blank canvas each year and is filled by offerings of music, film, dance, food and storytelling in celebration and respect for a living earth that sustains us.
Check this article by Mexico-based blogger Ainoha Aguirre Moura and see how we can all be part of a more sustainable new life. “Some actions begin as a test and end up becoming a habit; others behaviors, which transform themselves into powerful actions that define us, making us feel proud of ourselves… These small changes usually have something in common: They come to stay.
We go about our lives mostly in a rush with a long list of things to do and people to see. How often do we really stop and think about the source of everything that sustains us? I’m talking about mother earth. This holy planet. A.k.a ‘Our Home’. They say in life everything is a flow, or at least, it should be. In the seeking of right relationships, we want reciprocation, good ol’ give and take. But, how often do we take even a moment to think about giving back to the earth? It seems that all we do is use the earth – for resources, shelter, food, animals, water – but what do we give back? How do we make sure that the earth is not exploited in this relationship? How do we look after the earth? The answer is that we don’t. Our society is entirely focused on what we can get from the earth, often in extreme detriment to the environment and natural ecosystems of the earth. If the earth were a …
Have you ever thought about being more sustainable on your trip? Sounds tricky, but the truth is that it is only about making simple choices before & during your journey. You may ask yourselves how much of an impact do I have and what difference will it make? The answer is a big one and it is simple and easy decisions that make this possible. Here are some tips to make this easier for you and give you less to think about during your stay:
Lisa Bronner is the granddaughter of the late Dr. Emanuel Bronner, founder of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, and sister to David and Mike Bronner, who currently run the company along with her husband and mother. A former English and Journalism teacher, Lisa is now a stay at home mum of three school-aged children and runs/writes the “Going Green with a Bronner Mom” (www.lisabronner.com), but in addition to raising her kids and blogging, she is very active in her church’s Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) program. Lisa founded her blog in 2009 to help others make the transition to a healthier home and lifestyle. As a Bronner, she receives a flood of information and insider tips regarding body care and home care, food, nutrition and GMOs, hemp, organics, and Fair Trade, among other “green” topics. She brings all this to bear in writing her blog, along with focusing on the versatility of the Dr. Bronner’s products. How did you come up with the Going Green blog? My brother Mike Bronner asked me to start the blog in an effort to address the boatloads …