I have begun reading, "Green Chic - Saving the Earth in Style" written by Christie Matheson. Christie who professes to not being a hairy, tree hugger sort (not that there is anything wrong with that either) believes in our ability to remain chic (if not more so) with being Green.
Over the next 12 days I will share with you a highlight for me from each chapter in the book because as it comes up to Christmas it's a gentle reminder to make better decisions on our consumer choices (allowing us to also focus on true Christmas values).
Christie herself has written previously about ultimate chic topics from fashion to food, wine and spas and confesses to enjoying her creature comforts. However she also explains that we can have our cake and eat it too...goodie :)
Christie compares living Green Chic to timeless chic icons such as Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn. She goes on to explain, "Eco-friendly living is more than a passing phase. Like anything truly chic, it is always in style. It has to be. Green living needs to become the standard, so that at some point we don't even label it anymore".
With human activity rapidly and disastrously changing the world at a faster rate than has ever been seen before Christie places an emphasis on the importance of acting NOW. "Just because you can't see global warming everyday in your neighbourhood...doesn't mean it isn't real. It's real, and it's devastating".
We need to realise the consequences but Christie's book is not meant to focus on doom and gloom. Rather it's meant to provide solutions on what we "can do" rather than can't.
As consumerists and a collective we have the power through our choices. As Christie mentions green products and eco-friendly designs are better than ever before and becoming more widely available every day therefore allowing us to make better choices.
Naturally being green does not stop at what we buy and "Green Chic - Saving the Earth in Style" addresses this too. Over the next twelve days I will touch on these as well.
What do you do to be Green Chic?