Welcome to the very first Guilty Greenie Confessional! In this upcoming series of little interviews, your favorite bloggers get real about green guilt. Do they have it, and how to do they deal? Their answers may surprise you, delight you, and maybe even ease your own guilt a little (if you’ve got any).
I’m kicking off the series with everyone’s favorite lazy girl, Trudi Holden. Trudi’s A Lazy Girl Goes Green is an awesome mix of personal reflections, interesting articles, and greenspiration. Read on to hear about Trudi’s hummus obsession and how she stays motivated to live out her ideals.
Q: What are three of your guiltiest habits?
A: Oh, there are far too many to fess up to here! I’m always open and honest in A Lazy Girl Goes Green about my habits which are far from green. But I guess I don’t see my anti-green indulgences as things to feel guilty about. They’re motivational points to work on! So it’s just as much about recognizing where I can improve rather than being a beacon of perfection.
Saying that, the main three things I’d like to improve on though are:
1. My love of daily showers – I know it’s a waste of water but I can’t feel awake in the morning until I have had one!
2. Avoiding packaging – I’ve come a long way in reducing the waste I create through packaging, but when time is tight and naked shopping (my food not me!) isn’t possible, I have been known to forget my zero waste ways.
3. Junk Food – Being a vegan hasn’t turned me into a raw, organic, model figured goodness overnight. Whilst my diet is far more balanced, and my health has dramatically improved, I just can’t seem to kick my habit for (vegan) chocolate and ice cream…
Q: How do you carry green guilt, or how do you keep your not-so-green habits from getting you down?
A: As with anything in life it’s all about balance. If your lifestyle begins to feel like a chore or a constant reminder of how rubbish the world is, it won’t inspire much motivation to continue. Going green should be about exploration, fun, happiness, and positivity. It’s not about feeling down in the dumps about the world. It’s about picking your battles and doing the best you can with what you’ve got.
So every time I catch myself self-criticising habits or actions which aren’t deemed as ‘green’ I remind myself of all the kick ass stuff I’ve already done in the last couple of years and how I continue to develop these new positive habits.
Q: Was guilt a motivating factor in your decision to ‘go green’?
A: Yes and no. I certainly felt a level of responsibility and embarrassment for my ignorance. So many facts and stats about the planets man-made demise had passed me by due to being self-absorbed with my own melodramas. It’s only when I realized that much shittier things were happening in the world to people, animals and the planet did I begin to feel guilt for being distracted with not being able to afford yet another pair of shoes! When the penny dropped I certainly felt guilty for being so oblivious to what was going on; especially my own individual contributions to the issue.
That said, my decision to take the step and ‘go green’ actually came from being inspired by the amazing stuff that was happening to tackle these issues. From my work at the educational charity Eden Project, and collaborating with awesome companies like Green City Events, my mind and heart was opened to the fun, creative and inspirational green living world.
Q: What’s your most recent ‘eco’ change, small or large?
A: This feels a little embarrassing to admit but I am only just now beginning to make my own hummus. This might not seem like a big deal but it totally is when you consider how much I consume in a week. The packaging alone is a shameful thing, but the fact that’s its so cheap and easy to make begs the question: why can I easily and happily change my whole diet to go vegan, but I have never gotten my act together enough to whizz up a few chickpeas and save tons of plastic?!
Q: What change are you most proud of, or which was the hardest?
A: I’m very proud of my veganism. It’s something tangible I can see and feel is having an impact daily. It’s also the first time in my life I have made a direct change to my habits to reflect my personal beliefs. Sometimes it’s easier to upcycle a tin can to a candle holder, or choose the organic onion in the supermarket than search your own soul for what really matters to you and live your life by those ideals.
I guess deep down I believe that if we all questioned what we thought was the fairest most ethical way to conduct our life, we would all naturally be ‘green’ without having to put too much thought into it. We would simply be more conscious beings naturally.
Q: I love the name of your blog, because I can totally relate. Do you ever have to remind yourself that it’s okay to be lazy?
Absolutely. Every damn day!! But I like to think I’m not calling myself lazy, as much as human! As long as my laziness is being chilled, contemplative and realistic to expectations, and not simply idol and ignorant, I’ll let myself off the hook!
Q: If you were a vegetable, what would you be?
A pumpkin! I LOVE the autumn and the warm oranges and reds of the leaves. Pumpkins always make me think of warming soups, spicy curries, and hearty stews. I love how grounded and sturdy they are in structure yet bright and nutritious in nature. And just like humans, they come in all kind of crazy shapes and sizes (the knobbly ones are always the best!)
Stay tuned for the next Guilty Greenie Confessional.