Dennis Whittinghill and RIVIV JC are a place unto their own. They are an oasis in a bustling city set to be the largest in New Jersey in 2016. Dennis helps us strive to live just a little greener.
If you did not read our article on Dennis and RIVIV JC and the amazing things they are doing in Jersey City, Check it here.
Dennis has a some guidlines he lives by. These guidelines can be translated into any level of living a greener and more sustainable life:
Start small and be patient
Analyze what you are putting in your body
Save money and stop buying stuff
Stop relying on other people
JFGI – Just F*&^ing Google it – the information is there – we have unlimited knowledge and do the research.
ENJOY YOUR LIFE – live your life now and have adventures.
What can we do now?
Shop Local – eating organic is great, but that food might be coming from half way around the world. If you can join the local movement and shop at a farmer’s market near you, see if a farm has a farm stand, join a CSA like Purple Dragon or find a Farmigo Rep (Connects you to Dennis' site).
Help Clean Up – Cities and towns are covered in garbage. This garbage goes into the water stream and then ends up in the oceans and we have a huge plastics issue. Join a clean up or even smaller pick up garbage when you see it.
Plant Plants – have a windowsill garden, grow your own herbs, or have green things around the house.
Try Making Your Own Products – I don’t have the patience to make toothpaste like Dennis, but I use vinegar around the house like a fiend. Don’t like the smell? Put it in a spray bottle with any type of citrus for a few days and you have “Citrus Cleaner.”
Recycle – find out what your town recycles and do it. If you have children make it a fun game of separating. Most towns pick up recycling now.
Use Reusable Bags/Reuse Bags– we do not need all the plastic bags we have, so bring a tote bag to the supermarket every once in a while. AND reuse the shopping bags you get – they make great garbage bags hold the perfect amount for a few days.
Skip the Throw Away Products – bring your own utensils to work. Also, Invest in pyrex or microwave safe containers is a great idea as well. .
Give Up Bottled Water – invest in a water filter or sink filter.