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Giving Green a Bad Name

Am I just a grumpy old man? At 33 I’m not sure what is giving me a case of the grumpy’s today, but the distinct lack of understanding that being a consumer inherently means that you are probably not green, and lists of ways to be greener that tell you to stop using staples are truly annoying.

Remember: Even if you take small steps to living a greener life, all steps count!

10 Ways To Go Green | Go Green Street.

Most of the products mentioned in the quoted post are neat, and might fill a void in someone’s consumer driven life for more gadgets, but the bottom line sustainability of suggestions like these has to be questioned. They just give Green a bad name by eroding the real value of promoting sustainable concepts like permaculture and building houses that require no external heating or cooling.

A better way top “go green” is to write down everything that you buy or do that is superfluous and commit to cutting away one thing a week. Then write down everything you buy or do that has a greener alternative and if you haven’t already – choose the greener option. For some things, this simply may not be practical at this point, (such as selling your car if you have a 45 minute commute and live in Canada), but acknowledging that – given the right circumstances – you would change how you do things to be more green.

Just don’t fall into the trap of putting a green label on everything – green or otherwise.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

2 thoughts on “Giving Green a Bad Name

  1. My computer monitor will certainly get an interesting look if I follow the rules and stop using post-it notes… Can see how I’d have to start writing notes directly on the monitor *lol*

  2. I’m not a fan of dissing people who are trying to go “green”, but there is a point where we descend to the ridiculous – and you’ve made that point clearly, please don’t write on your monitor 🙂

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