Lisa Kauffman Tharp was the first person to inspire me to look at new materials when I specify products and take more responsibility with toxic materials. She is doing her job being green with her sphere of influence by bringing what she knows to Active Rain and sharing it with paint, flooring, and much more.
As an interior designer/home stager, I think I have a chance to do a bit more for the environment than the average person when I specify product, or do I?
What about the grocery store clerk? Can a green store clerk bring awareness to the management to offer more organic fruits and vegetables? Does the store manager know how many greenies there are? Wouldn't it be great if our local store had a green section? Shouldn't we ask?
Can the green gardener use safe chemicals? How about the pest control people...can they make a difference? If those pellets they sprinkle around can kill underground ants...what else? When I inject poison into the ground to kill gophers...am I killing my family? Shouldn't we ask?
When you go to the hairdresser and the smell knocks you over when you walk in...what is that chemical doing going down the drain? Can we ask them to be green? Is there such a place?
Who decided what flavor of paste goes on the back of stamps and envelopes? What is that stuff anyway? Is it bad for our environment? We lick it anyway, don't we? Shouldn't we ask?
Junk mail...are those advertisers wiping out our forests?
When you go to buy are car, are you asking to see the greenest model they have?
School teachers...are they green? Shouldn't we ask? And if not, should we offer some suggestions and help implement them such as; instead of volunteering for cup cakes and donuts for the party, bring organic snacks and explain why?
Should we ask our sphere of influence "Are you green? What are you doing to be green? If you don't know will you please find out for me so I can continue doing business with you? I can go on and on.
Ask yourself this: Who am I going to talk to today and what am I going to talk about. Is there an opportunity for me to bring green into the conversation?
If one city block of residents talked green to their sphere of influence for one week, the whole neighborhood would change. If one real estate office made it their goal to talk green for one week, a whole community could change.
It all started for me with Lisa Kauffman Tharp and your neighborhood could say the same about you. Greening your sphere of influence is an MLM worth investing in and you are at the top.