With Earth Day just a week away, lifestyle and wellness expert Terra Wellington joined me for an interview to discuss what’s in store for Earth Day 2013. She also dished on the billion acts of green campaign, how we can avoid harmful ingredients not just in our food, but in beauty products as well, and much more!
Candace Rose: Can you tell us what’s in store for Earth Day 2013?
Terra Wellington: “This year’s global theme is the face of climate change, and it’s about highlighting climate change on a local level, and also there’s the focus on the billion acts of green campaign. I’m here on behalf of several companies that I’ll talk about today. I’m going to give you some simple spring eco tips.”
Candace Rose: Can you tell us about the billion acts of green campaign?
Terra Wellington: “Yes. It’s about making a simple green choice and pledging to do so, such as choosing to buy products with less plastic or less paper. You can also do something like buying space saving concentrated cleaners because that means that you’re going to reduce landfill waste and you’re also going to reduce the packaging as such with the many concentrated low waste refills from SC Johnson’s five most trusted brands like Windex and Scrubbing Bubbles that are found at SCJGreenChoices.com. You can buy one bottle of these cute little bottles of concentrate with water in the reusable trigger bottle.
And also you want to save energy and water with your laundry, you can do this by washing with cold water for example to save energy. And also using front loading washers because then you’re going to save on water, such as with LG’s Mega Capacity TurboWash Washer with Energy Star’s most efficient designation. It has the cold wash technology to save you up to 60% on the energy. The TurboWash will save you up to 20 minutes of time per family load, and also you can fit more in with the Mega Capacity- even a king sized comforter with sheets.”
Candace Rose: What about product ingredients?
Terra Wellington: “There is a concern about genetically modified organisms or GMOs because there’s growing evidence that GMO’s are connected to health problems or environmental damage. Because of these concerns I personally look for the Non-GMO Project designation on products, and it’s found on products such as Silk’s line of plant based products that have no GMO’s, no artificial colors or flavors or high fructose corn syrup either.
You can also look to reduce the chemicals in your personal care products, and an example would be the Jason brand. They have the hair care collection with shampoos and conditioners that don’t have those harsh chemicals or potentially harmful preservatives like your parabens and sulfates; but they still address every hair issue, and you can find them at Whole Foods.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Terra Wellington: “Yes, on my website TerraWellington.com I have links to everything I’ve talked about plus educational links as well. And there’s also something called the Zeroing Down Your Fridge concept where it’s about saving money and time by using what you have in your refrigerator before they expire. So I have tips on really interesting ways to use leftovers to using your freezer so that maybe you want to save your leftovers there or maybe freeze some lemons instead of throwing them out before they get bad.
Also, looking at your expiration dates to make sure you’re using product before the expiration comes up. These are all about not only saving money and time, but also our natural resources.
If you’re not composting, if you eat the food that is in your refrigerator, then you won’t be throwing it out and you won’t be contributing to greenhouse gases in landfills.”