She shifted $1,000 of her budget to eco-friendly goods...and chickens!
Posted Jan 04 2010 10:58am
If you’re looking for ways to live a greener life, take some pointers from Fran Martin.
Fran is the newest member of the One in a Million campaign, a feat she achieved by switching more than $1,000 of her household budget to products and services that offer the greatest environmental benefit. The campaign doesn’t ask people to spend MORE money. Instead, it encourages consumers to throw their marketplace clout behind non-toxic, eco-friendly alternatives that often end up saving people more money in the long run.
Who is Fran?
Fran, who is married, 67, and the mother of grown children, has lived in Butler, PA for the past 43 years. Her husband trains and breeds Labrador retrievers; “We have two,” she says. Fran is retired, but works part-time conducting food demonstrations where “I really push the organic products whether it is my demo of the day or not.”
"At home I am an avid cook - everything from scratch,” says the One in a Million devotee. “After the Women for a Healthy Environment conference last year, and after reading Omnivore's Dilemma, I extended my organic garden and got two hens so I could have organic eggs. I erected a hoop house in October to have a winter garden which proved to be quite successful. The only red meat we eat is venison, and I can and freeze everything possible.”
“I also made homemade mouthwash and fabric softner,” she said.
How did she shift $1,000?
Here are the actual eco budget shifts Fran made between October 2008 and December 2009: