What keeps you from going green? Is it too much of a hassle? You’re not sure you want to buy into “that” lifestyle? You’re not interested in giving up your car, living in a cob house and going vegan? Or you think what little you can do won’t make that big of an impact?
There are a lot of misconceptions about green living that get in the way. The biggest one might be the last thing we mentioned. In reality, every little bit does help. Your contribution may be small, but lots of tiny drops of water soon fill a bucket. We talk a lot about living green, how to do it with style, and how easy it is. Today, we’re going to look at those myths, the reasons why people aren’t adopting a more sustainable lifestyle.
- It requires too much effort to change
You’ve got to change how and where you shop, and how you handle trash, and get to work, and the clothes you buy, and… It all sounds like so much.
The reality? Sure you can do all of those things, but you don’t need to do all of them. Start with little things that are within your reach. Start with things that make you think, “wow, that’s easy, I can do that!” Why? Because every little step counts.
- It takes too much time
Giving up my car means it takes longer to get to work. The organic grocery is farther away than the regular supermarket. I’ve got to take time to sort all that recycling, and let’s not even start on composting.
The reality? OK, sure, some of these things may be a little more time consuming than what you usually do. This is where the little steps come in handy again. Try things that are easy and quick, like switching to reusable bottles instead of bottled water. Or grabbing reusable bags on the way to the grocery store. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products. There are plenty of little steps that take very little, or even no, additional time.
- Green is more expensive
Organic produce costs more, all those green products cost more. I have to make a big investment in things like solar, and hybrid cars.
The reality? Yes, you can make an investment in solar power, or a hybrid car, if those things make sense for your life. Yes, organic food can be more expensive, but as the demand increases, costs will come down. Also, if you search out local farms and producers, you can find locally-grown produce at a fraction of the cost. It doesn’t always cost more to go green.
- It’s not practical
The time, effort, cost, and all that are just too much hassle to go green. It just doesn’t work.
The reality? Little steps are practical steps. You choose what and how much you want to do. You choose the sustainable steps that are right for you and your family. If composting isn’t practical for you—maybe because you live in the city, don’t have a yard, and are a long way from any facility that will accept home compost, then don’t do it. It’s that simple. Find other ways to reduce your waste.
- It’s confusing and I don’t know enough about it
It’s all so confusing, carbon footprints, carbon offsets, watersheds and all of that. Plus all the companies that say their products are green. I don’t know what’s right.
The reality? Our ability to impact our environment for good, or bad, is real. If you don’t want to worry about all the science behind it, don’t. Take simple, easy steps to choose more sustainable options. If you want to learn more about your carbon footprint, check out nature.org. If you don’t, that’s OK, too.
- Green means no technology
It means giving up your car, and your TV, and all the electronics and living “off the grid.”
The reality? Sure, some people do choose to live that way, but most don’t. And there’s a whole new world out there where sustainability and technology combine in everything from apps to help you make greener choices to people-powered chargers for your electronic gadgets.