Happy Monday everyone! Hope y'all had a fabulous weekend :) I'm currently at the airport in Michigan getting ready to head back to Colorado. Cam and I flew in for the weekend to spend time with my family and go to a Michigan football game (another win for Big Blue, yay!) and we had a GREAT weekend. I'll definitely have photos to share later this week, but before I do that I wanted to get around to putting up a post about something that we did LAST weekend...(because I meant to put it up Friday, but ran out of time!)Last Sunday, Cam and I attended an event in Fort Collins, CO called The Sustainable Living Fair. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it ended up being fairly interesting and inspiring. For those of you new to my blog, part of the reason that I named it what I did was because in addition to chronicling my baking, traveling, shopping, etc., I also wanted to try to attempt to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. When Cam and I first got married, this was actually an issue that caused a surprising amount of friction between us. He's from Oregon and wanted everything we bought/did to be as environmentally responsible as possible...and it's not that I don't, it's just that I'm from the Midwest and a lot of it was just a new way of thinking to me so I responded with resentment and we had a lot of squabbles over little household issues. But I decided that rather than just fight everything he was proposing, I should try to educate myself a little bit more and embrace some of these green ways, and I was hoping to use this blog to help document that journey.
Cut to now--we live in Colorado where EVERYONE is super eco-conscious, and I've become much more aware of how many more sustainable choices are available if you're willing to look. However, the blog is definitely a lot more "Pink" than "Green" as I rarely talk about these issues as baking, shopping, and beauty products tend to be more at the front of my mind. However, I decided that today would be the perfect time to touch on it, and it's a topic I'm hoping to talk about more frequently in the weeks to come.
So back to the Sustainable Living Fair...this sign basically sums up what the event was about:
There were a lot of different vendor booths that centered around these topics, so everything from solar panel manufacturers to wildlife refuges to yoga studios. It was very interesting to walk around and see all of the different companies and organizations that are truly interested in putting this idea of sustainability into practice. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a better idea of what the event was like:
|Preferred method of transportation to get to the fair|
|The event was powered by a variety of renewable energy sources including solar power!|
|There were a variety of hands-on workshops, such as this one on straw bale construction. Straw bale construction is a great way to provide insulation for a home using a renewable material.|
|Speaking of homes, this is a Yurt. It's a type of dwelling that people have lived in for hundreds of years around the world, but today you can purchase a more modern version that offers you a shelter with an extremely light carbon footprint. You can check out Colorado Yurt Company for lots of great info about this unique type of housing!|
|There was a company there that retrofits old cars and motorcyles with batteries to make them completely electric.|
|Cam loved that obviously...|
|This breastfeeding tent made me chuckle|
|Some of the many booths--notice the Chevy Volt in the left hand corner--yay!|
|Two of the big FoCo breweries, New Belgium and Odell, participated in the event as well :)|
Overall, it was an thought-provoking afternoon and I'm hoping that I can continue to find was to make my life (and blog!) a little bit greener :)
Alrighty, I'm about to board my plane back to Colorado, then it's straight to work, and then we get to go pick up our pup! As much as I love to travel and see my family, I am always so excited to see Lola when I get back...Have a great Monday everyone! xoxo