Interview with The Ecoholic

Adria Vasil dishes on inspirations, challenges and her fave ice cream!

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What has been your most interesting learning, as you research ways to be green?

That's the great part about being a research junky like I am, I'm always learning new things. Even when I think I'm on top of everything green, I'll run home after finding out a new sustainability development and tell my boyfriend, "Stop right there! We can never eat x ever again or buy y anymore!" I love the fact that I keep learning from my readers too. If I get it wrong or missed a greener option, they let me know in a heartbeat. 

What are you looking forward to seeing at The Green Living Show?

 I'll be scouting for new green bodycare, health and clothing products in the lead up to writing my next book, Ecoholic Body. I'm always excited to come across random planet-friendly products I've never heard of before - it's a sign the eco market just keeps growing.  

What words or phrases do you most overuse?

It's impossible to avoid the word "green", but i definitely overuse it. I refuse to say "it's not easy being green" since that saying is everywhere!

What has been your biggest challenge with turning or being green, if you have had any?

Honestly, the hardest thing for me to give up is travel. I've been an avid backpacker since I was 17 when I camped my way through South America and always used every penny I could save up on seeing the world. It's been a huge part of shaping my world view. Plus if I want to see my niece and sister in the Kootenays there's sadly no way I have time to get there by train! I'm trying to reduce the amount of plane trips I take, but when I do fly I make sure to put money towards wind energy to offset the flight as much as I can and I always stay in small, locally owned ecologically conscious places when I get there. I don't think I'll ever give it up entirely like many UK environmentalists are doing. Of course they can hop the Eurostar to Europe in an hour! I'm definitely envious. I can't wait for high speed trains to blanket North America.