As our new lifestyle in our new home (yes, we moved!) became cleaner and greener, I noticed our pocketbook becoming leaner and leaner. It struck me as patently unfair that providing a healthy home for our family was obscenely expensive, and therefore impossible for most of the population.
Fast forward another 2 years, once we have moved to Evergreen, Colorado, where we could live in a more natural (i.e., less concrete) environment. I had moved from protective mama bear to rabid environmentalist. It was a school supply shopping trip to a big box department store that finally sent me over the edge. I looked from our basket full of school supplies to my two precious children, and back to the basket, and then I asked my kids just how many rain forests they thought were in our basket. And how much plastic? They answered “a lot!” to both and we decided that, more than “a lot,” it was “too much,” and we walked out of the store.
As we marched out, I was fiercely proud of their decision to leave. I was also freaking out. Where were we going to find eco-friendly school supplies? And although my kids might have eco supplies on the first day of school, how many of their friends would find themselves and their toxic shopping carts going through the checkout line. Ensuring that my kids went to school with safe supplies only went so far. I had to ensure that all kids had access to them.