Starting today, we are going to feature a Mom Living Green here on Moms In A Blog each week. I am thrilled to bring you our first interview with a fellow Canadian who actually lives just 45 minutes from me! Marlo Boux is a wife and mother of three children ages 9, 3, and 10 months. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where she runs a green living business with Norwex Enviro Products. Her website is Clean Green Winnipeg. She is passionate about helping people make healthier and greener lifestyle choices. She is looking for others who share the same passion and would like to earn a healthy income from home, you can visit her site for more information.
Everyone has their own opinion of what Living Green means, what is your definition?
For me, living green is really an entire lifestyle choice and a mindset. Respecting God’s creation by conserving resources, being a responsible consumer, purchasing locally produced foods, being mindful of the waste our family creates, investing back into the environment with our resources.
Why do you believe that Living Green is important as a person and as a mother?
I don’t think we need to “save” the planet per se, as I believe God has a plan for everything. However we are called to be good stewards of the resources given to us and that does not only pertain to money. It pertains to our natural resources too. Not only do I want to leave a healthy planet to my children and grandchildren in the future, but I want to model how they, too, can be mindful of the environment here and now.
What are some things you do personally to live green?
We do a number of things to live green. We reduce, reuse, and recycle, we compost, and use energy efficient lighting indoors and outdoors. We also purchased energy efficient windows and doors, an energy efficient furnace, and make sure that any appliances we buy are energy efficient. We support local farmers, buy organic as we can afford it, and have significantly reduced the use of chemicals in our home – both in our personal care and cleaning products. We keep our house a little warmer in summer and a little cooler in winter to watch energy consumption as well as taking short showers and turning off the lights in rooms no one is occupying. We also use reusable totes when we are grocery shopping.
What are you doing to help teach your children green living habits?
My children all watch and help me with the recycling and the composting. They understand the idea of conserving water and electricity and not being wasteful. They also like to donate gently used toys and clothing to charity so others can get more use out of them instead of throwing them out.
If you could encourage every mom out there to make ONE change in their lives to make their lifestyle greener, what would it be?
If I could encourage moms to change ONE thing to become GREEN I would say to begin recycling! It doesn’t cost you much to get started aside from purchasing the bins. Get a small bin to place on your kitchen counter or underneath your sink and start placing shredded papers, flyers, soda bottles, cans etc and watch how fast you fill it up while reducing the amount of garbage you are taking to the curb!
You also own a green business – can you tell us a little about what you offer and why a green business is important to you?
I own a small business as an Independent Consultant for Norwex Enviro Cleaning and Personal Care Products. The Norwex mission is to improve quality of life by significantly reducing the use of chemicals in our homes. The products allow you to save time, save money, have better health, and help the environment. Their famous microfiber products allow you to clean 99.9% of bacteria with just water alone and Norwex also just launched an amazing certified organic personal care line in August 2008! This business is important to me because I am helping to educate families to make better and healthier lifestyle choices. Through education and creating awareness I am able to help them save money and time and have a healthier home. As a mom, this is paramount and I am very passionate about it.
Other then the products themselves, do you have other things you do to keep your business practices “green”?
I do a number of things to keep my business “green”. I offer much of my customer information and communication in digital format through my website to reduce paper use. If I do need to print something I always use recycled paper. My business laptop is always on an energy conservation option and because I work from my home, I recycle, reduce and resuse business materials like I do with my personal items.
Thank you Marlo for taking the time to answer our questions.
If you are a Mom Living Green and you would like to be profiled, email Crystal at crystal @ momsinablog.com.