Energy Diet

Thinking Beyond ‘Green’ Consumerism

I guess I should start by introducing myself. My name is Lindsay, I’m 20 years old and I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I’m a third-year photography student at Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

Vancouver is known for its abundance of eco-friendly material items seen in the form of re-useable shopping bags and supposedly organic clothing. Every third person you see has a yoga mat and is drinking out of a glass tea mug. This definitely is a step in the right direction. Stores in Vancouver always offer cloth bags instead of plastic or are seeking biodegradable plastic bags for their stores.

It is very easy to get caught up in wearing hemp clothing and having a stainless steel water bottle and fooling yourself into thinking that’s the only thing that you can do on a daily basis to reduce your impact on the environment. It takes a combination of choices and conscious decisions to cut your carbon footprint down, but it is totally possible if you read a little bit and make the commitment to purchase organic cleaning products the next time you are at the store.

I’m only 20. I still have a long time to live on this planet. Now that I am much more educated on the effects that my consumption habits will have on the environment, I have an entire generation behind me to think about how what I do will inevitably affect their lives, not to mention the rest of mine.

What I never considered before was that our carbon footprint comes from more places than just taking the bus or trying to reduce our waste production. It can stem from sheer consumption of clothing, food, and energy among other things. University is really a four-year fashion show, and when your jeans rip, the best idea without hesitation seems to be to buy the jeggings you’ve had your eye on for months. I haven’t done any formal research on the subject, but I can say from my point of view it may be safe to assume that my age bracket consumes more food on the go and replaces their clothing much more often than other age brackets.

Why did I decide to go on the diet? I obviously have a lot to say about the trends that are invading our lifestyles right now. I am that person that replaces their jeans when they rip, in fact I was devastated last week when my favorite white tee-shirt was ruined by chocolate fondue. Immediately, the first thing I think of is getting a replacement. It really is utterly unnecessary, and I would like to change on all fronts. Hopefully, people my age can follow along the steps I take week by week to reduce my carbon footprint and can apply them to their own lives.


  1. Carla Elgar
    Calgary Alberta
    January 25, 2011, 1:11 pm

    We are all your moms nursing friends… we LOVE this!!! So proud of you!! we will all be following your blog! Good work Lindsay, I look forward to learning from you and your new “diet”

  2. Jill Neufeld
    Calgary, AB
    January 26, 2011, 11:37 pm

    What an exciting challenge! I look forward to following your progress and seeing the changes you make !
    Great Success!

  3. Ed Conn
    Los Angeles
    January 27, 2011, 6:29 pm

    Good luck, Lindsey. Post some photos of your experience.

  4. Amy Thompson
    Kelowna, BC
    January 30, 2011, 6:55 pm

    So exciting Linds!!! I am excited to follow along with your progress. What a great opportunity!!