I had the opportunity to be on the Alter Eco show and enjoyed my experience working with Boise Thomas so much, that I wanted to give you ecorazzi readers a closer glimpse at this hard-working green guru — or “green nerd” as Adrian Grenier likes to put it.
“I don’t mind being called the ‘green nerd,’” Boise says, “Because for me the nerds are Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Einstein…what I have in common with nerds is that I am always asking ‘Why?’ – Why do we have to use something once and throw it away? Why do we have to use our cars to go everywhere?”
Boise not only asks the questions but he also provides the answers as the resident blogger for Planet Green’s Alter Eco show. Alter Eco viewers can talk one-on-one with Boise on where to get products or find simple solutions to amalgamate towards answers for complex problems. “For example,” he says, “I compost and divert as much trash as I can. The garbage man laughs at me because they say they can’t even believe I put outside only one bag of trash that’s barely full for the week. If everyone was doing our part, then the trucks would only have to come about once a month.”
Thinking about trash is just one way Boise contributes to the greening of our planet – he also joins forces with numerous celebs like Robert Redford, Pierce Brosnan, and Jack Black to support the ultra-hip and smart non-profit organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council. “I put my money towards the NRDC because I can’t think of a better place to put my dollar than lawyers. They have had over 700 victories this year on cases regarding drilling, poison, dumps and disregards.”
He’s not all lip service, though. Boise and his wife are in the middle of building a “green” field of dreams – rejuvenating 350 acres of farmland in Kansas that has been dormant for the past 50 years. “There is a lot of work to do as we convert our farm to be a self-sustaining environment. Clearing timber, farming trees, learning about watersheds and lots more…but at least the soil is organic because it has been dormant for so long. The farmhouse is dilapidated, but the family has been working together on it. We’re going to do the whole thing using steel shipping containers, recycled glass, etc.” The space will be a work-visit so once it’s ready, all you hybrid car road-trippers out there can make a stop and say hello.
Keep up with Boise’s adventures on the tv showAlter Eco and at his personal blog here.