I have a total of twenty-six PLANTS that live with me. Including a money tree, philodendron, different species of succulents, a huge and slowly growing cactus, air plants, spider plants, a nerve plant, aloe, and a mysterious tree I adopted. Each of these living creatures has different needs and demands. They have different watering schedules, sun requests, and even plants that are the same species need individual care. Overall, living with plants is one way to get in touch with nature. I feel a connection with my plants and a strong sense of responsibility to keep them healthy and happy. 

Shouldn’t the same logic be applied to all of Mother Nature? Hey, I’m not a saint when it comes to conservation, sustainability, and being green, but it’s the small collective actions that make a huge impact. 

Take Jax Fish House for example. Our feature story is about sustainable seafood, a buzz word in the news these days. Despite Colorado being landlocked, Executive Chef Shiela Lucero and a small team traveled to D.C. in 2017 to lobby for sustainability. Jax was also the first restaurant in Colorado to partner with the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch, a program that helps consumers choose seafood that is fished or farmed to support a healthy ocean. They also partner with James Beard’s First Catch, The Blue Ocean Institute, and Sea to Table, among others.

We Don’t Waste is another eco nonprofit we got an in-depth look at this issue. Food waste is not as typical of a concern, but it should be. The nonprofit saved nearly 4,000 tons of food in 2017, which resulted in nearly 10 million meals served.

There’s always room to grow when it comes to living an eco-friendly life. If there’s one bit of advice I’ve discovered after putting together this issue—it’s to start small. Maybe even just by adding a little green to your game. (Don’t miss the eco-friendly plant guide!) 

Thanks for flipping through,