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In some of our videos we talk about living a Green Chic life.

So, what is Green Chic exactly? You might be wondering. And how does one go about living a Green Chic lifestyle?

Green Chic is a concept I’ve coined over the last year to explain a way of living I have experienced here in France that embraces a lifelong belief that humans, as temporary custodians of the Earth, have a duty to protect and safeguard it, leave it in a better state than how we found it.

Why Green Chic? That’s easy. The French seem to have a knack for making everything and anything chic. But it’s more than that, really. Some people are stuck on the idea that helping the environment, being green as they say, while a good idea in theory, is cumbersome, inconvenient and disagreeable in practice. Frankly, they believe it is too hard to be stylish, elegant and sophisticated and simultaneously be environmentally friendly. Others joke that when they hear the words green and environment in the same sentence they are certain to turn around and see a granola-eating, unshaven, long-haired hippy speaking. I’ve got nothing against hippies, but it’s true that the lifestyle isn’t for everyone. So this made me think about how misrepresented certain aspects of being green are and how differently I myself interpreted what living a green life means.

You can absolutely lead a modern, classy, chic life AND be just about totally green at the same time.

There are simple ways, easy ways, that Mr. & Mrs. Everyday can affect great change by making small, seemingly inconsequential decisions – through their buying/consumer power. Here’s how:

  • By taking notice of what packaging is used on the products you buy, and choosing brands that leave less of a negative footprint on the environment (no double plastic bags or shrink wrapping over an already sealed box)…
  • By asking yourself every time the water is left running if you really NEED that water at that moment, and if you don’t, turn if off…
  • By turning off the water in the shower when you are shampooing, shaving, exfoliating (e.g. when you would have to move away from the flow anyway)…
  • By using reusable shopping bags…
  • By buying 100% recycled-material toilet paper, paper towel and tissue…
  • By reusing plastic bags as garbage bags (I mean really, why buy garbage bags when you’re literally spending money on garbage! If, however, you really need garbage bags, buy the 100% recycled-material ones)…
  • By reusing your produce bags when you go back to the store to buy more veggies and fruit…
  • By using the opposite side of printed paper for scrap notes around the house (shopping lists, etc.)…
  • By replacing your lobby lights (if you live in an apartment building/ or at your office) with motion detectors to reduce wasted electricity…
  • By asking yourself every time you buy something, ‘if I had to find a place to put the rubbish from this packaging, would I have some use for it, be able to recycle it?’ If no, keep walking down the aisle until you find another brand that’s more environmentally conscious…
  • By refusing to buy chemical cleaners (there are now so many eco-friendly/non-toxic brands out there, no need for harsh chemicals running into our water supply)… Update: Seventh Generation & Method are two such brands sold at most large surface stores.
  • By asking yourself every time you do buy a household cleaning product, ‘would I mind this coming out of the faucet when I’m showering?’ If yes, keep walking down the aisle…
  • Or by using white vinegar and baking soda to clean just about everything… (I’ll have a video devoted to this. I love these two products, and they only cost about 10 cents a gallon each)…

These are just a few of the ways that come to my mind right away when I think about how to live a Green Chic life. Notice that no one is telling you that you have to serve your dinner guests on bark-fashioned plates or not flush the toilet for number one. And no one is asking you to not take a shower or to wash your clothes once a month.

Your life can go on practically unchanged except that you will be making a positive difference and will have the satisfaction of knowing at the end of the day that you did good simply by making wise, informed choices.

My videos on Green Chic Living will begin next week. Let us know if you have any habits that you have adopted to live a greener, kinder existence which we can incorporate into the videos.

Here’s wishing you a great week from Paris. Thanks for reading!