It's Not Easy Being Green
Kermit the frog sings, "It's not easy being green." And maybe he meant more than his color, as the health of frogs is closely linked to the health of the environment. Kermit would no doubt love it if more of us were green. But he is right-it's certainly not easy.
Before I get in my car, I stop to think, "Where are all the places I need to go today? Can I consolidate stops? Which is the best route to take to make my stops along the way and save gas?"
Buying organic means I may have to make a trip to a farmer's market, which is further from my home than my local grocery store. But there is no additional packaging and organic foods are often in abundance (no pesticides for the environment or me!).
The curbside recycling service my refuse company offers won't accept certain items such as cardboard. But a recycling center down the street from my house does-if I bring the recycling to them. And I'm not adding waste that can easily be recycled to the local landfill by taking an extra minute on the way home to drop off my cardboard containers.
A recent study published in Science Daily says, "Being a green consumer is hard work, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The study highlights a need for more practical help and incentives for green consumers, if we are to achieve a more sustainable society."
It's a lot of work to go green and stay green. But there are so many small steps you can take that make a huge difference. For instance:
Did you know running a full load in a dishwasher uses less water than doing dishes by hand?
Cleaning the coils on your refrigerator every six months can save you $30 a month in energy bills.
Microwaves, crock pots, and pressure cookers use much less energy than electric ovens.
Install a low-flow shower head on your shower. Today's heads aerate the water and make a smaller flow feel like a lot.
Unplug energy-draining devices (cell phone chargers, AC [alternating current] plug converters, etc.) 80 hours a week and decrease the power drain by 11,500 watts a month.
Being green might mean taking a few extra steps. But as you start to learn more about greening, you find that many of the steps are small, and if everyone took them, they could make a large impact on the state of our environment. While it may not be easy being green, it's definitely something to be proud of!