Last summer, we held the Green Challenge, a contest that allowed you to show your friends and family that integrating simple green actions in our daily lives is easy and effective. You participated in great numbers, but some entrants set themselves apart by their remarkable involvement. That is why we asked these people to give us an insight into their lifestyle by drawing up short portraits of themselves.
We encourage you to follow their example, and if you have ideas for simple green actions that you would like to share with the Simple Green Action community, please go ahead and submit your suggestions here.
Today we are happy to acquaint you with Isabelle Beauchemin.
Describe yourself in a few words.
I am a young, dynamic woman and human relationships are very important to me. I adore travelling, reading and doing yoga.
You were among Cascades’ Green Challenge Contest’s most active participants. What was your favourite challenge? Why?
I liked many challenges. However I particularly liked those that incorporated learning something new, for instance mixing vinegar with baking soda for unblocking pipes.
What simple green actions do you practice daily?
I do many green actions each day. I always turn off the water when brushing my teeth. I recycle a lot. I use recyclable bags. I water my plants with rainwater in the summer. My apartment is equipped with electronic thermostats that adjust temperature according to comings and goings. I use vinegar rather than fabric softener, which eliminates static without all the toxic substances.
Have you changed your consumer/buying habits in order to help take care of our planet? Do you use Cascades recycled products?
Yes. I buy Cascades products, particularly the paper towels. I really like using them for certain chores around the house.
Environmentally speaking, do you consider yourself dark green or light green?
Dark green. I take the environment to heart and work hard at limiting my environmental footprint.
Do you have any green resolutions?
I would like to take an ecologically responsible trip. There are not too many offers for such travel and costs are high, but it is something I would really enjoy.
If you had to convince someone to embrace environmentally-friendly habits, what would you tell this person?
That it is the right decision to make for one’s self, one’s children and friends. It is not difficult - you just have to get informed and think before doing certain actions.