Q&A With Josh Dorfman, The Lazy Environmentalist

Juliet Farmer
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If you haven't heard of Josh Dorfman, aka The Lazy Environmentalist, get ready to be inspired, as Josh has made green living accessible to anyone, anytime -- really!

Josh is the executive producer and host of The Lazy Environmentalist on the Sundance Channel, the author of The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish Green Living and The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget, and the spokesperson for Brita's FilterForGood Campaign to reduce bottled water waste.

According to The Lazy Environmentalist, living eco-friendly and recycling doesn't even have to cost anything (and sometimes it even pays!).

Q: If you could get every person to do one eco-friendly thing in/to their home/where they live, what would it be?

A: I'd say two things.

The first is switch to a low-flow shower head. Conventional showers flow at 2.5 gallons per minute or more. Low-flow shower heads can reduce that to 1.5 gallons per minute. So during a 10-minute shower, you'd save 10 gallons of water. Take one shower a day, every day, and we're talking over 3,500 gallons of water saved per year. Plus, you'll save all the energy to heat that water too.

The second is switch to a Brita pitcher and eliminate all the waste generated from drinking bottled water. One Brita pitcher filter can replace up to 300 (16.9-ounce) water bottles, so you'll save a lot of money too. Extend that logic further by taking a reusable water bottled with you. I'm a spokesperson for Brita's FilterForGood, where you'll find several BPA-free models to choose from.

Q: What's the easiest eco-friendly tip everyone can afford to do?

A: The easiest thing is to actually get paid to recycle your electronics. If you have old cell phones, laptops, computer monitors, and other electronics languishing in your home, don't send them to the landfill. E-waste (or electronic waste) can cause serious damage to the environment. Instead visit Gazelle, a site that will show you how much your electronics are still worth in terms of their residual market value, provide a prepaid shipping box, and send you a check once the company receives your devices and verifies their condition. Not only can everyone afford to do this while sitting on their couch, but it also makes recycling profitable.

Q: How do you suggest parents get kids involved, or kids get parents involved, in eco-friendly living?

I really believe the most important thing parents can do is cultivate a sense of wonder and appreciation in their children for nature. Fostering a love of being outdoors in nature lays a lot of the groundwork for inspiring eco-friendly living.

I think the best way for kids to get parents involved is for kids to ask for help in reducing their own eco impact. Maybe a child asks his folks to help him make a reusable lunch box kit from things found around the home.

Q: What does Season 2 of The Lazy Environmentalist have in store for viewers?

A: I was surprised this season by how much better the green solutions have become in just one year. We showcase a lot of innovation and delve into areas that we don't always think about when it comes to greening our lifestyles.

For our example, on one episode, I attempt to green a funeral director. In another, I'm working with a national taekwondo champion. I also take on more common topics like fashion and interior design and makeup to see how much green progress I can make.

What viewers will see this season is that I've got my work cut out for me because the professionals in those industries that I attempt to green have extremely high standards. A key ingredient of the show is that we evaluate green solutions in the real world. This isn't green show and tell.

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