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Going Green, What Does It Mean To You?

By Michele Zamora


To me, going green is a learning process. I am very interested, as a mom, consumer, and business owner, of how I can become more involved. There is a lot to learn and many new products on the market every day.

As a parent we want the best for our children. If we start to educate them now, it will be so much easier for our children to make going green a part of their daily lifestyle. Researching new ideas and products together with your child on the internet can be fun and educational. Teaching them about organic and “natural” foods is much easier now with more mainstream grocery stores carrying the products. Organic clothing is also much easier to purchase. Years ago you could only find this type of apparel in high-end stores or boutiques that catered to this type of fashion. Now you can find organic clothing in your local stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, the Disney Store, etc…

You do have to learn to read the labels carefully on both food and clothing. Some fruit and vegetables will us the term “certified organic” which refers to produce that has been grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms or irradiation. Prior to growing the produce, the soil would have to be free of these materials for three years. Because the certification fees can be expensive, some produce is marked “organically grown” because the farmers practice the organic methods but are not certified. Some clothing made of “organic cotton” can be misleading. The label applies only to the growing methods of the cotton not the garment. The garment might have been finished using dyes and other chemicals.

So, whatever your shopping needs, take some time to educate yourself on the terminology that is used, and what the “Watchdog Experts” are saying about the regulations.

There are a growing number of consumers that are taking advantage of retailers who are “going green”. If retailers can pick up on the trend consumers are setting, it will assist them to build their business and help the planet. As a fitness professional, I am around lots of people who are interested in a healthier lifestyle. Looking into organic food, meat and green cleaning products is a great way to start.

It is nice to see that you can go directly to your local city websites for additional information on going green. Get to know some of your local vendors and work together. The city of Surprise, AZ hosted a Going Green Home and Garden Fair in May. There were approximately two dozen vendors that were on hand to showcase a variety of green products. You can contact London Lacy (623) 222-7023 at the city of Surprise for additional information on the vendors and for information on upcoming “going green” programs hosted by the city of Surprise.

Reduce, reuse, recycle are some great and easy ways to make going green part of your lifestyle.

I hope more people will take advantage of the information that is available to us through the Internet about going green. The more we learn, the more we can share with others.

 

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