My New Outside Blog: Gray is the New Green - A Trend Worth Noting

Gray is the New Green - A Trend Worth Noting

 

Baby boomers are reaching retirement age.  Many are very health conscious, they eat well, they exercise and they take care of themselves.  And as Debb James points out in her blog they are also eco-sensitive.  They are downsizing to homes that use less energy, they are taking mass transit, eating locally grown foods which mean less energy is used to bring those foods to market. As Debb puts it, Gray is the New Green.



Gray is the New Green

Gray is Green

Many baby boomers who lead active, healthy lives and enjoy the benefits of that lifestyle, tend to be eco-minded too.   We are seeing a trend among people in that age group make choices about how they lead their lives: the active boomers lifestyles are contributing directly to the environmental well-being of the planet. In other words, Gray is Green.

How can that be?

  • Many boomers are down-sizing into smaller, more energy-efficient homes
  • Many boomers plan to stay in their homes, live independently, and stayi active
  • Many boomers have healthy eating habits – buying local organic produce and meats, where available
  • Many  boomers are staying active – walking, running and biking

The gray is green movement helps the environment:

  • Obviously, smaller, energy-efficient homes rely less on fossil fuels and non-renewable energy sources
  • Living independently means we staying in homes longer and support the healthy amenities in communities like walking trails, open spaces and parks. (This also contributes to our healthcare system – by not relying on it as much – but that’s another story…)
  • Healthy eating habits, like organic and local food, means relying less on pesticide-laced food that is shipped from miles away
  • Walking and biking means leaving the car at home more often

So maybe you’re saying “What’s the big deal?” – it’s just the trend among all ages – living healthy life styles, buying local, and trying to use less energy.  From using mass transit to eating healthy foods, these habits rely less on energy-intensive systems for lifestyles. That may be the case, and it’s a good trend.  But as the largest identifiable demographic in this country, boomers have a major economic – and environmental – impact on the country as a whole.

It is a trend worth noting, and supporting, with home design and other housing related concepts and products. Many aging boomers plan to lead active EcoLifestyles,because gray is the new green.

 

 

 

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5 commentsEvelyn Kennedy • November 04 2012 09:27PM

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Posted by Harris James over 1 year ago

Evelyn, gray may be the New Green in many respects, but if that is true... why can't I talk myself out of dying my 99% gray hair back to it's natural brown?  LOL.  Or should I dye it green, perhaps?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 1 year ago

Evelyn, I love my gray, almost white, hair.  Fortunately, my father's side of family turned gray white gracefully.  Side effect:  I save a lot of money not coloring my hair each month.

Thanks for the reblog.  I love Debb's blog, but missed this one.

 

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548) over 1 year ago

Harris:  Yes.  Thanks.

Karen Anne: I like the idea of green hair, although you may feel more comfortable with your natural brown hair.

Mary:  Yes, I am getting more and more silver hair.  I like the contrast with my black hair.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California) over 1 year ago

Thanks much for the re-blog Evelyn - I sure appreciate it - I have some gray sprinkled in my hair, but my stylist blends it away artfully. :)  Maybe one of these days I'll go with Mary's lovely silvery look.  As for the green, I wear that color proudly.

Posted by Debb Janes, REALTORĀ®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington (The Carl Group, LLC) over 1 year ago

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