Sierra Club Green Home staff and readers recently reflected on the environmental progress we can be thankful for. SCGH understands that often the changes we need to make to live in a more eco-friendly manner can be overwhelming. It can seem like the environmental movement is all problems and no progress. To become more mindful of this positive side of green, below is a list of environmental progress we are thankful for as steps on our path to a sustainable, healthy planet.
Happy Thanksgiving from SCGH!
- I am thankful that people are trying to make changes to our environment in a sustainable way and make the earth a better place for all of us 🙂 —April Fang, SCGH writer
- I’m thankful for having a supportive family who cares as much as I do about sharing a non-toxic lifestyle with other families 🙂 They have been there with me at every festival! –Essential Safe Products
- I am thankful that we seem to be getting closer to a critical mass for citizens to support real change, realize climate realities, and change their own lifestyles to use less energy and respect Mother Nature more. —Margie Campaigne
- I am so thankful for all the wonderful eco-friendly home furnishings manufactures, designers, and retailers. Since 2008, we have helped share the journey of these pioneers. We look forward to many more years. —Nancy Kenney
- Chicobags! They are so portable and easy to use, and they prevent disposable bag waste—a major cause for concern. —J. Blalack, SCGH
- I am grateful that larger companies are making eco-centric practices the norm in business and hope this becomes the new “business as usual” standard. —E. Lam, SCGH
- One eco-friendly thing I am thankful is eco laundry detergents or any other type of hygienic product that is eco-friendly. When it comes to many of the name-brand laundry detergents, I happen to be allergic to the chemicals a lot of them put into their product. Eco-friendly laundry detergents give me a wider array of detergents to choose from rather than simply sticking with Gain (it’s the only name-brand laundry detergent that I have found I can use). —W. Gallios, SCGH
- I’m thankful for thrift shops, which carry clothes that are inexpensive and aesthetically pleasing , and also divert textiles from going to the landfill. —SCGH
- I am thankful that Alaska’s humpback whale population has started to come back after facing near extinction in previous decades. This shows environmental protection and the whaling ban passed in 1966 truly have an impact on the state of our oceans. Read more about it. —H. Logan, SCGH
- I am also thankful that on Nov. 10, the president authorized an independent review of the KesyStone XL pipeline. He stated that global warming would be one of the factors needed to be assessed. You can read more about it here, and continue to support the halt of the pipelinehere. —H. Logan, SCGH
- I am thankful for our transportation options, from bicycling to the train to peer-to-peer carsharing (such as Getaround) to Zipcar. I have not owned a car for three years now, and have been able to get around just fine! —J. Blalack, SCGH
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