2. What recycled, reused, or eco-concious materials do you typically use? What is your favorite?I love re-using containers. When we buy food, we usually buy food that has little or no packaging, but when we can't do that, I look for packaging that I know I'll be able to use for storage. I also love that I found felt to use in my OrnaMonkeys line of felt monkey ornaments that is made from 100% post-consumer material (plastic bottles).
4. What is the one thing you wish people would do more of to contribute to the green cause?That's a great question. Adjust their values? Drive less? Watch less TV? Recycle more? I don't know - all of the above? Although I am making money to pay bills by selling things, I still wish people would overcome their addiction to stuff. Conspicuous consumption is a major threat to a sustainable lifestyle. As more and more people around the world imitate the American lifestyle, the earth's resources get eaten up. We'd need 9 more Earths to keep up. We could all stand to buy less, re-use more before we throw it away, and recycle or repurpose what no longer works. And if you have to buy new, at least by something that has been recycled. These days, all kinds of inventive, attractive elegant products are being made with previously used materials.
5. Do you have a green hero? Artist or environmentalist or just uber-eco friend? Jane Goodall. She has started an organization based on her love of primates that is helping teach not only the people of Tanzania (where the chimps she studied live) but also kids around the world, about conservation. Her Roots and Shoots organizations have sprouted 'backyard' environmental conservation and empowered a whole generation of young people to make positive changes in their communities.http://www.rootsandshoots.org/