Blog : Meet a Green Alliance Family: The Millers

By Sam Lane | May 27, 2015 | in

Kristyn Lak Miller is a freelance writer for the Green Alliance and Green Familes Club Member

For the Miller family, being green isn’t easy, but it is essential.

“For us, doing things like composting and recycling are baseline non-negotiables,” says Kristyn Lak Miller. “Sometimes it’s messy or time-consuming—admittedly, it’s often both—but we can’t imagine living any other way. It just feels right to be doing our part to protect the well-being of the planet, while keeping every member of our family healthy, too.”

Kristyn and husband Mark are raising two young children in downtown Portsmouth. They moved to a townhome six years ago, downsizing from a much bigger house in order to minimize their environmental impact. Kristyn works from home, Mark drives a Prius, and the family makes the eco-friendly choice whenever possible, from sleeping on all-natural mattresses to cleaning without chemicals, always using cloth bags, and eating an organic vegan diet, with some veggies harvested from their tiny urban garden.

“We joke that we’re so green, our daughter was born on Earth Day,” says Mark. “But, really, what we’re doing isn’t anything extraordinary, and we’re far from perfect, though we are aware that everything we do, big or small, has a consequence, good or bad. And, selfishly, I know it’s better for my family to live this way. My daughter is six and has never had a single course of antibiotics; that’s kind of a rarity and I attribute that achievement, in part, to her advantageous lifestyle.”

The Millers are members of the Green Alliance, a local resource that offers its members exclusive discounts at sustainable businesses, from landscapers to photographers, throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. “I love being privy to special savings at green businesses, whether I’m buying a ring at Prelude or having dinner at Smuttynose’s Hayseed Restaurant,” says Kristyn. “Beyond saving some green, the Green Families Club is our ‘in’ to local, family-friendly events, where we can all have fun while Mark and I connect with parents who, like us, are trying to weave greenness into our lives.”

Living green presents its share of challenges—like the dedication it takes to sleuth out hidden chemicals in everyday items—but the family of four finds pleasures in it as well. “We run as many errands on foot as possible, and I’ll never tire of strolling through our pretty city to get to the post office or the library or the health food store,” says Kristyn. “Whenever we get ready to go somewhere, the first thing my two-year-old son says is, ‘walk,’ as he races to get his sneakers. It makes me smile every time.”

When asked what being green means to her, the Miller’s six-year-old daughter took a moment to reflect and then said, “It’s good to take care of the earth.” Her Dad gave her a little squeeze and added, “I hope by the time our children are adults, this kind of lifestyle won’t be considered green, it will just be the norm.”

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