Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Green hypocrite

Signs of a green hypocrite

Recycles regularly, but shops constantly and uses a lot of disposables. Everyone knows that recycling is good for the planet, but there's an important reason that it's the final "R" in "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle." Using durable, reusable items is better than choosing single-use plastic bags, bottles, etc., even if you are diligent about recycling. The bottom line: Just because you recycle doesn't mean you should shop till you drop.

Buys only organic foods, but eats meat at every meal. If you can afford to solely buy organic foods, that's great. But overall food choices also matter. Cutting back on meat and dairy is one of the most significant food choices you can make because raising livestock contributes to climate change, deforestation, water pollution, and more.

Owns a hybrid, but drives all around town alone. The kind of car you drive is just one part of the transportation equation. Walking, biking, carpooling, and taking public transportation when you can are also important. Try to drive the most fuel-efficient car in the class of car you need. That car doesn't need to be a hybrid. Remember that driving less overall by making shopping lists and planning efficient routes saves gas and reduces emissions.

Built a green house, but it's enormous and it's a second home. If you're going to build a house, then there's no question that using durable, sustainable materials and maximizing energy and water efficiency is beneficial. But size really does matter. The smaller your home, the less of an impact it will have in the long run. The same goes for the number of homes you own.

Takes an eco-vacation, but flies thousands of miles in first-class to get there. How you get to your destination can significantly impact the environmental impact of your vacation. One plane trip for a family of four can produce more global warming pollution than a whole year of commuting, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists' report. What's more, the report says, that flying first-class can double your carbon footprint because first-class seats take up more space so fewer people can fit on the plane.

Carries reusable grocery bags, but fills them up with bottled water and packaged junk. What you put into your reusable grocery bag is far more important than the bag itself. It's better to carry a plastic bag and fill it up with locally grown fruits and veggies than to tote around an eco-friendly sack filled with packaged foods and drinks that have been shipped thousands of miles.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wow this is harsh. i'd like to think that some attempt is better than no attempt :(