Green is Cool and Quiet-Like

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I’m inspired by Margaret Atwood’s attempts to stay environmentally conscious during the book tour for her new book The Year of the Flood. I’m following her blog about her efforts and hope to mirror them to some extent.

I left a comment on her blog, attempting to turn her on to Mt. Hagen instant organic coffee. It’s a road necessity. We’re obsessed with it. We even started drinking it at home. I’m expecting an email from her any day…

Dear Jillian,

Thanks so much for your coffee suggestion. You are clearly a brilliant and fascinating individual. Perhaps you’d like to join me for a cup when I pass through in Los Angeles, during which time we can trade all kinds of environmentally friendly touring tips.

Your new best friend,
M.

In preparation for my imminent meeting with the great Ms. Atwood, I’m on a crusade to get everyone around here drinking out of aluminum water bottles. Scott and I drink tap water rather than waste a billion little plastic bottles every night. Yes, tap water. The baby drinks it, too. And we bring our own shopping totes. They have the cutest little Weezer totes this tour. I swiped one for myself last night.

3 Responses to 'Green is Cool and Quiet-Like'

  1. Anonymous says:

    You are clearly a brilliant and facinating individual……. I totally love your blog and I’m an ooooold friend of Scott’s from Toledo. I will e-mail you
    Erin

  2. mindy says:

    We love Mt. Hagen coffee, too. For years I swore off coffee, only drinking tea…then I discovered Mt. Hagen! How cool that you are going to meet Ms. Atwood. (Have you read “Oryx and Crake”? that is one intense book!…)

    Looks like ya’ll are having a blast. Reading your blog makes me want to pack it up and get on the road though!

  3. Ben says:

    Awesome blog!

    We are very environmentally conscious but I try to keep an eye on environmental fads that have no basis in science.

    I prefer to use BPA-Free reusable plastic bottles. I know there are a lot of issues with the petroleum used in their manufacture, but I feel like it’s a process much better for the environment than the mining and treatment of aluminum (or any metal, for that matter). Mining a metal actually uses a lot more energy and produces more carbon emissions than mining oil, so you end up using/burning more petroleum with metal than with plastic.

    Also, tap water is great, but only if it doesn’t have fluoride, which is a toxic chemical. Many studies have shown that it is not good for people, especially children, to ingest. We reluctantly used Aquafina or Dasani to mix formula when my wife stopped breastfeeding, because they use reverse osmosis to purify their water of chemicals. We drink spring water from the big 3-gallon jugs but there is no purification standard for spring water so it’s not good for the baby. I think in the next 2-3 years fluoride will be the next BPA and hopefully we’ll be getting it out of the tap water, but there is a very strong lobby behind it.

    It’s great to hear that you are doing your part to make the tour green! Awesome!

    -Ben

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