My 5: Jennie Nigrosh, The Green Garmento, President and Co-Founder
Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asks our interviewees to answer two questions that give us insights into their thinking about the planet we all share. Today, Jennie Nigrosh, president and co-founder of The Green Garmento, gives us her responses. The Green Garmento is a reusable polypropylene bag that replaces the ubiquitous, single-use, plastic dry cleaning bags. — Julia Wasson, Publisher
BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to protect the planet?
1. Education. We have to learn where the problems are, understand the answers, and do the best we can to solve them.
2. Tell your friends. If you are passionate about an issue regarding the planet, climate change, hunger, peace… have an open dialogue with your friends and family. It’s amazing how ideas and actions are formed just from conversation.
3. Don’t be afraid of change. Big or small, pick a few things to change and do it. From LEDs to composting to electric cars to using the Sunday Comics for wrapping paper — have at it, get creative, and have fun.
4. Find value in all people. My parents taught me this at a very early age. Realize every thing we do in the United States will have an effect on people just like us in other parts of the world. You may not know them or understand their culture, but they have value. If we respect people, we respect the planet.
5. Enjoy life. I find it really easy to obsess about reducing, reusing, recycling, and rethinking. Try to adopt that mantra without making yourself crazy. Embrace this new, clean way of life and enjoy.
2 Minutes with the President
If you had two minutes with President Obama, what would you say to him?
NIGROSH: Thank you. You rock. Sorry, I’m nervous; I’ve never met a history-making President before.
If it’s okay with you, I think we should stop all drilling in the oceans. Imagine if all the money and manpower spent cleaning up the Gulf were instead used to build solar panels? That would be neat.
Thank you for working tirelessly to help Americans have a better, healthier life.
I like your suit. Can I give you a Green Garmento to use for your drycleaning? And please give one to Michelle since we recommend two per household so you can rotate them between the cleaner and home. I think my two minutes are up.
President and Co-Founder
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