Saturday, 19 July 2008

You've Come A Long Way, Green Baby!!

It's all kickin' off on The Street.

This Wednesday the story begins of how Clarissa wins Harry back (oh so briefly) from landlady of The Rovers Liz on Coronation Street.

I have been having the time of my life playing Clarissa, a feisty outspoken lady who loves her man but loves spending his money more. She's not letting him go without a cat fight.

Did I say fight? Oooh I hope I've not given too much away, chuck!!

On Monday 21st July I'll be a guest on LOOSE WOMEN talking about Harry and Clarissa's shenanigans on The Street and of course stylish eco lifestyles!!
So tune in to ITV1 between 12.30 and 1.30pm


You know,
this week I realised it has been almost 18 months since I started writing this blog and bringing you all the green stylish news thats fit to print.

It's been a while since I wrote, I'm so sorry, I have been neglecting you... but I'M BACK!! And boy is there a lot to catch up on!! While I have been clattering across the cobbles as Clarissa Mason the green world just keeps on turning and there's so much to talk to you about as I try to keep up with the pace with which eco prod
ucts and caring for environment have become part of our consciousness.

Looking back through the posts, it's fantastic to see much I have experienced and to remember some of the amazing pioneers of sustainability I have been able to write about, many of whom have become good friends and colleagues.


I went to The Delabole Wind Fair in Cornwall, spoke at The Sustainability Fair at the O2 and met with Joan Ruddock MP who is putting together The Climate Change Bill to talk to her about sustainable design. I have met and become friends with Sarah Baulsh who's company ReVampt is going great guns. And Katie Keegan at One Green Earth pioneer of the online green directory and organiser of many eco events.

Eco stylist Lupe Castro has also become a great friend. She is bringing green and ethical fashion designers to the fore and has dressed me for Monday's live appearence on Loose Women.

I'll be wearing clothes from Makepiece and Julia Smith.

I have worked with Lisa Harland who makes beautiful organically and ethically upholstered furniture and Indrajit Shah who is a pioneer of biodegradable paper cups, plates and packaging at Packaging Environmental Ltd. I'm part of the Greening All Saints Committee at my church in Fulham and they are using his biodegradable coffee cups at all there functions now.

I had a wonderful lunch with
the fabulous Polly Higgins, fellow blogger of The Lazy Environmentalist and founder of The Wise Women Network for women working together to protect the environment. I'm a proud member, of course!!

I met the lovely Faye Kass who found me through this blog. She is making a difference and spearheading the build of an
eco lodge on the Caribbean island of Dominica. At Christmas I rented a low emissions car from Green Motion in Palmers Green. I went to several seminars run by London Remade. I met a lot of fellow minded green business people there as I did during my trip to Los Angeles in May. I attended a discussion on green furniture production at Design Within Reach in Santa Monica. Back in London I have been VLOGGING about the green insulation and eco renovation of Jamie's house in Notting Hill and I now only clean my house with E-Cloths and Earth Friendly Products and haven't bought laundry detergent in over a year because I use a magnetic green washing ball.

When my Dad died suddenly and so sadly in a fire in December we put him to rest in a green burial ground in Suffolk. I could not have done it without the invaluable support of Adeline at The Natural Death Centre and I spoke to The Times about my experience. This is the photo they used for the article.

I love that little Amoosi jacket. I'm wearing it with an organic cotton T-shirt by Stewart & Brown and jeans from Del Forte
(Photo by Warren Smith)

When I started this blog, my intention was to write about sustainable interior design because that was my background and training. But I quickly realised that if you make the choice to live in a healthy and green house, you will clean it with eco cleaning products that use natural surfactants, drive a low emissions car - or better still walk, cycle or use the bus; you will look for ethical and natural fashion and cosmetics and so on and so be eco embraces all your lifestyle choices and there was a lot to write about.

Just looking at my lists to the left here is a revelation. Five years ago, when I sat in that Ecology of Design class at UCLA, I could never have dreamed of being able to compile such an amazing array of choices that help us be more green and ethical and lower our carbon footprint...nobody would have even known what that meant 2 years ago. There's a lot to keep up with and a lot of information to sift through.

One of my bug bears has been the 'greenwashing' that has been going on. Businesses who want to jump on the green bandwagon because they see a money making opportunity but may not have all the green credentials that you or I would count as necessarily quite enough to qualify. You have to keep your wits about you. I intend to do just that and keep greening the planet one post at a time!!

And in the meantime keep up the green work and be sure to write a comment here if you find any new fun, stylish and useful green tips that I can share!!!

Ciao for now!!


Glenda Young said...

Amazing blog - I'm pleased I stumbled across it and have linked to you from my Coronation Street blog too. With best wishes - and give Liz McDonald hell! ;-)

Polly Higgins said...

Hello there Eco Warrioress, how fantastic to look over the past 18 months and see what adventures you have been having. It's a great journey and I'm looking forward to reading more.