Changing your lifestyle for the benefit of Mother Earth


We love when GTU contributor, artist, activist and mother Cat Palmer stops by! For Earth Day, Cat talks about simple ways to change your lifestyle. We took note of his wonderful advice!

  • Ditch the plastic water bottles….MENA….I know! It was hard for me too at first! You can get a large 2-pack at Costco. I’m also keeping an eye on Savers to find some new ones for just $2! That way my kids can beat them!
  • My kids are in middle school and guess what? They learned to take the UTA bus home. Kids do it all the time in New York, so why not here? We also belong to a carpool in the morning.
  • Join a “Buy Nothing” group on social media! I got lots of good household items this way!
  • Buy used as much as you can! I get a $300-400 pair of dress shoes for only $11 ALL THE TIME!
  • It’s okay if you don’t want to drive an electric car like me…but guess who’s NOT paying gas prices right now? ME! I also get free parking downtown.
  • Plant a garden! If you have a small space, plant fresh herbs! If you have space, collect rainwater! (You can legally collect up to 250 gallons)
  • Use clean/green products…my local favorite is Olio
  • And if you’re already doing ALL of these things, tracking bills during the legislative session and contacting your rep as well as getting involved with SLC Air Protectors is a great way to take it to the next level.

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Deena Marie Manzanares is originally from Utah, but lived in New York for a few years while attending the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. Locally, she worked as a professional actress for years, both in theater and film.


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