Current as of February 2016
Growing a Green Family is about how families of all shapes and sizes can incorporate eco-friendly actions into their world, even while dealing with all the ups and downs of family life. Going green takes work, but it can take even more work when you’ve got a family, a limited budget and very little free time.
I get a decent amount of email, so before you send a question (or a little anger) my way, check out the Q&A below…
Why do you write about green families?
Back in 2001, after my son was born, I became more interested in green living than I had been in the past. I looked to books and websites for support, but found few eco-resources that catered specifically to families. Most resources only focused on general green living, green design or super expensive green goods. Being disappointed with the lack of green family resources available inspired me to help create and launch Tree Hugging Family for a freelance client in 2007. I adored THF, but wanted my own green family space, thus I launched Growing a Green Family.
What are your green living goals and beliefs?
When it comes to green living, I believe that…
- With support, any family can learn how to make eco-friendly choices.
- Eco-advocates should be brutally honest about how much work it can be to go green. There’s a learning curve for sure, but not everyone talks about it.
- Every family can afford to go green. Even if you’re in a single parent family, a large family or anywhere in between. It’s a shame that a lot of eco-stuff is so expensive, but it doesn’t have to be, and in some cases can save you money.
- Kids need more nature in their lives. Especially because kids who don’t love nature won’t care about conserving it.
- Families deserve the truth about green products. I HATE lackadaisical or outright false eco-product reviews. One of my main goals is to inform readers about the real pros and cons of green products and offer tips on how to be a smart green consumer.
Where do you live?
In the drizzling and gray Pacific Northwest.
Got any kids?
Yes, a 15-year-old son, Cedar.
What qualifies you to write about green families?
Families come in all shapes and sizes. My son and I are a small family, but we have extended family and friends and so on. Green living issues come up in any size family, large or small. Beyond that, I research everything I write, usually because I’m curious or need to answer a personal question OR I have some sort of first-hand experience that prompts me to write about a specific topic.
What do you do for a living?
I’ve been working as a freelance writer since 1999 or so, at first on and off, then went full time in 2002. I started in print, but by 2005 my freelance career started to shift to web-based writing projects and clients. I’ve had stints where I get utterly sick of sitting at home all alone writing, and then I’ve taken on various non-profit work, but writing is what I’ve done the most.
Who else do you write for?
Can I guest post here?
No. I don’t accept guest posts at this time.
Will you link to my blog or write about my product?
Maybe. Contact me and I might.
Can you tell me how to start a blog or website or give me writing advice?
I wish! Unfortunately, I don’t have the time. Writing is hard work. Kicking off a new site is even more work. If you’re looking for tips about writing or creating your own website, I suggest visiting: Problogger, Copyblogger, ChrisG or The Blog Herald.
Do you really believe in global warming, certified organics and [insert some other eco-issue here]?
You wouldn’t believe how many emails I’ve received
calling me stupid asking me about this stuff. The answer is “Yes.” I believe in the stuff I write about. But, does it matter? There are tons of other reasons to go green beyond global warming or organics. We can debate about issues all day long, but when you get down to it, why not conserve resources, simplify your life, eat healthy and recycle? All these issues matter even if global warming or organics are total myths.
How can I connect with Growing a Green Family?
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Again, welcome to Growing a Green Family. Hopefully you’ll stick around and gain some new eco-ideas and skills for your own family.