About VGR

Vintage Green Review and Green Living

Vintage Green Review provides a unique perspective on everyday green living by combining past and present.
Vintage Green Review provides a unique perspective on everyday green living by combining ideas from past and present.

Hello, and welcome to VGR! I’m a writer, green living enthusiast, and vegan pastry lover seeking creative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle things in my home. Especially plastic!

I research ways to make smarter decisions about what I buy and minimize my impact on the environment. My goal is to inspire you to do the same, with fun eco-friendly, green living suggestions for everyone.

My ideas come from the past and present, looking back to how we survived and thrived in our ‘pre-Plasticene’ era (before humans came to rely on so much plastic) as well as the best, new options science has to offer today.

Why VGR?

I created this website because I ask myself one question every day:  If people KNOW better, why don’t we consistently DO better when it comes to the environment?

We all have ideas about what’s good for the planet and what’s not. Yet people often act in ways that are out of alignment with what we know is healthy, safe, and good– to varying degrees. Plastic bottles still make their way to lakes and rivers even though we know there is a plastic mass the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean. People still eat meat when we know that most animals are treated in horrible ways through factory farming practices that massively contribute to global warming.

The answer to this question is obviously subjective, but in talking to lots of people over the years I’ve concluded there are Three Core Issues:

1.) We assume most people know more about green living and environmental issues than they actually do. Ourselves included.

What I know about environmentally friendly habits comes from taking environmental studies classes in college. Or reading environmental websites and news articles on my own. I researched and wrote about these topics when I was a journalist because I had a passion for saving animals. I got to interview experts in a wide variety of fields with my “reporter” status.

Now that I’ve been living those habits for over ten years, it’s easy to forget most people don’t have access to the same information I’ve received. Or that the info I learned five years ago may quickly be outdated. Thus, my goal is to research, and pass on to you, the best information possible about environmentally healthy alternatives to the everyday products (usually plastic) we’ve come to rely on.

And, I want to HAVE FUN in the process!! Because…

2.) People have Eco-Fatigue and they’ve become discouraged.

Most people probably DO want to be green, but they might have barrier fears that lead them to believe that green choices aren’t the easiest, fastest or cheapest option… and at the end of the day, they’re just plain tired. Or broke. They want to ignore it all, assume what they do doesn’t matter, and hope the problem goes away. Or they’re overwhelmed and paralyzed by too much information.

Eco-fatigue contributes to feeling despair about the planet. Sharing green success stories can help you stay positive.

This worry and despair is called Eco-Fatigue. It refers to a growing sense of doom about the planet that actually creates more feelings of hopelessness and is counterproductive to encouraging people to take action in positive ways.

As a result, more scientists are embracing the idea that “if we tell stories about positive outcomes and share details of how they are achieved, the likelihood that they will be replicated will increase.“(Check out this 2012 article from NewScientist). However, we all know that staying positive in the last few years hasn’t been easy.

Suffice to say… everyone can start somewhere. Anyone can try to be positive and dispel myths like  ‘green products are too expensive’ or ‘being green is too hard with kids.’ Let’s engage our curiosities, SPARK JOY, and feel fulfilled by new, intentional daily habits. Because we DO have a choice in the matter… and what we do and how we spend our money does matter.

Which brings me to my last point…

3.) Maybe some people are only motivated by money and don’t care about the environment after all.

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Well, in that case, this website is not for them.

Nevertheless, I do want to believe that deep down most people have a green conscience. With the right tools everyone can find ways to do better. Together, we can create a message of fun, hope, and success in reducing our impact on the planet.

This may be a daunting call to action in the face of the American capitalist machine, with all its corporations trying to persuade people that buying MORE is always BETTER. But I believe that as an individual, one of the most important votes you have is your dollar. 

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What is Coca-Cola without people buying their soda? Where we spend our money as consumers can have a dramatic impact. If you worry about plastic in the ocean, don’t give these companies your money to make plastic that ends up in the ocean. Inspire others to do the same by showing that you live a happy, fulfilled life without all the excess stuff. Make smarter decisions about what you buy and how you reduce, reuse, and recycle in your own home.

We can’t make Amazon disappear or dismantle the consumerism glut overnight. But we can direct our votes and our consumer voice to make change from the inside. Channel that almighty American dollar toward companies and practices that provide environmentally responsible alternatives.

I hope you enjoy reading what I discover, and I look forward to building this community together!

Cheers,

Sarah