Green Living: Paige Wolf is Eco-Friendly
Paige Wolf is green. Quite green. So green that she wrote a book about it. It's called Spit That Out: The Overly-Informed Parents' Guide to Raising Children in the Age of Environmental Guilt.
She wrote it to make life easier for moms who are trying to do a good job raising their kids while also being green and environmentally-conscious. Making green living easy is her color, her cause, and her career.
"In addition to the age-old daunting task of raising happy, healthy babies, mothers are constantly bombarded with new and contradictory research concerning environmental toxins, long-term product effects, and the far-reaching impact of every product we purchase and decision we make. Spit That Out! answers the questions posed by mothers on the verge of a “green mom nervous breakdown” and turns to experts to present facts, debunk myths, and help parents stay on a reasonable and responsible course without losing their minds."
She came up with the idea to write the book when she was pregnant with her first child and felt compelled to do in-depth research on real-life eco-friendliness with kids. She does, in fact, have a degree in English/Journalism from the University of Delaware, where her work at the newspaper and campus magazine helped to earn two Pacemaker awards, the "Pulitzer prizes of student journalism." Before she was an author and a mother, she was a journalist, publicist, and communications manager. Writing comes naturally to her.
In 2002, she started her own PR firm, through which she helps "promote manageable eco-chic living." She works with clients who contribute to a sustainable world and positive change. The firm is the first and only certified B Corporation public relations company in the Philadelphia area, meeting comprehensive and transparent social and environmental standards. And for every printed copy of Spit That Out! that's sold, a tree will be planted, through a partnership with Eco-Libris. She is serious about being green.
But she's also realistic, like Sommer Poquette, who we talked about here. Paige says: "I am certainly not the greenest person around—not even the greenest person I know! But I try my hardest to be as green and healthy as possible without making myself—or others—crazy. Sometimes this means not bringing my own mug to Starbucks or letting my toddler eat Cheese-Its for dinner. I can't claim to be perfect, and perfect should not be anyone's goal. However I believe we can always do better. That's why it's my goal to seek out practical, manageable, and affordable solutions to greener and healthier living!"
Some might say she's lucky, having success while touting something that is often perceived as inconvenient or expensive. Regardless of what one believes about global warming or pollution, it's hard to deny the ever-present need to be responsible with what we have. As the Roman statesman Seneca once said: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” An opportunity exists to show the way to be environmentally responsible easily and inexpensively. Paige Wolf, because of her own preparation and publication, is, by that definition then, quite lucky.
How do you try to live greener? In what ways will you be green this year?