Many green bloggers speak from abstraction, but Zoe Morrison speaks from experience. Zoe leaped feet-first into green living and has been showing her following how it's done on Eco Thrifty Living. She shared a few tips about living green and discussed how she came to the green lifestyle with us.
How did the blog get started?
When I was on maternity leave with my second child, for various reasons, I didn't want to return to work at the end of it. I didn't want to stop buying organic food or eco-friendly products, though, which can often be more expensive, and so the idea of being eco-thrifty was born. I started investigating how I could be eco-friendly on a budget and decided to document my experiences on my blog.
What are some misconceptions about green living you often see?
My original misconception was that it is more expensive to be eco-friendly, when actually being eco-friendly can often save you money. I was also guilty of thinking that I was being eco-friendly by buying products that said "eco" or "green" on them, when actually a lot of those products aren't particularly eco-friendly.
How do you test out the tips you post on the blog?
I do a lot of experimenting! I just give things a go and see how they work out - then I write about them!
What's the trickiest part of green living?
Change. I am doing a lot of things very differently to how I would have done them three years ago, and some of the changes take a bit of adjusting to. Some because I need to change old habits, such as automatically throwing things in the bin or forgetting to take reusable bags out with me. Some because I need to learn a new skill like making yogurt and some because I am worried about what other people will think - like sending e-cards instead of real cards.
Were there any surprises when you started living green?
I don't think I expected to become so passionate about it and to still find that I don't have enough time to blog about everything I would like to three years later! The more I realize how much control I have over the pollution and waste that I cause, the more I want to keep reducing it!
What's next for you?
I am currently doing a year of eco-challenges, doing one a month. In the future, I will keep challenging myself, but at a slower pace!
If you want to see how Zoe's eco-challenges are going, track her progress on Twitter.