And yet again nobody participated, so it is just me again…
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The Weekly Musing #2
If you do a Google search for “green,” a guide about “green living” comes up as the second search result; immediately after a Wikipedia guide which includes information about the colour green, The Green Party, environmentally-friendly “green” products, symbolism of the colour green, and more. Over the past year or two, it seems as if the new “green” trend emphasizing environmentally conscious living has swept the nation. Suddenly people are more concerned about recycling certain items instead of merely tossing them in the trash, buying products made with recycled material, eating organically, and using canvas or reusable tote bags to haul their groceries. Companies have launched “green” product lines in the effort to show consumers that they, too, are doing their part to help the environment. Countless websites and sub-sites (see: MSN Green, which I had no idea existed until today – but I am not surprised to see it, either), e-newsletters, and blogs have popped up to reach out to the public and give opinions and tips about living “green” lifestyles – and the method of communication is even enviornmentally friendly when you consider that no paper is used, and ultimately wasted, in the effort to reach out and inform people about “green” living.
I could go on with the examples, but I think everyone “gets” it. So here’s what I want to know…
- Do you live a “green” lifestyle? Why or why not?
Eh… sort-of. I’ll explain:
-I try to buy organic food products when I can, but I don’t go out of the way to make sure they are organic. It generally just works out since I am a vegetarian and shop in the organic foods section for specific things, anyway.
-I sometimes use “green” products like dishwasher soap and bath and body stuff, but only if I really like them or they are a good buy at the store.
-A few months ago, I started turning off my computer at night before I go to bed (I used to leave it on basically all the time, but it eats electricity and isn’t really good for the computer), and I always turn off the lights in rooms that I am not sitting in or just left – even at Josh’s house.
-My dad has been using fluorescent light bulbs in almost everything for years and not because of the whole “green” trend. Hell, he would probably have solar panels if we could afford them – he is just a geek that way, haha.
-We don’t use re-usable canvas or nylon bags at the grocery store; however, we do re-use the plastic ones that we get at the stores. Instead of buying trash liners for small wastebaskets in the bathrooms and bedrooms, we use the plastic bags from the stores. Plastic bags from stores are also good to put wet clothes, bathing suits, and towels in if you are coming from the beach, lake, or pool and don’t want to get the car all wet and dirty.
Other than those things, that’s about it. I attempted to get my family to start recycling plastic bottles and paper, but my efforts didn’t pay off too much and we didn’t continue to do it after the first few months we moved.
- There are those who take “green” living to more extreme levels. Have a look this story about a family who practiced “extreme” green living as an experiment for a period of time. I am not going to ruin the story, but two of the things that this family decided to do without were electricity and toilet paper(!!!). What are your opinions about their “experiment”? Could you see yourself doing some of the things they did? Why or why not?
I thought this was a cool yet ridiculous experiment. The efforts this noble family made to keep from making a so-called “negative impact on the world” were crazy, and there were some questions left unanswered; their experiment would make a good documentary, akin to “Supersize Me.” It was crazy that they gave up flushing the toilet and even using toilet paper. Did they resurrect the rotted wooden outhouse hidden in the woods of their backyard for the sake of performing this experiment? Specific companies make toilet paper from recycled paper; why didn’t they use that respective “green” alternative instead of not using it altogether (maybe because it costs nearly triple per roll)? Like I said, there were unanswered questions from this article, and I can’t help but to wonder about those things…
Ultimately, there is no shame to bowing to the products and advancements our ancestors worked diligently to invent in order to improve the quality of life for all. There is plenty you can do to live “green” while keeping your sanity and health – but please, don’t be obnoxious about being “green” or obsessed with it either. Nobody likes when others try to push their ideals, beliefs, and practices to the point where they are obnoxious and obsessed. Some people that I have spoken with have that impression of vegetarians and vegans, and it pisses me off how one small group of obnoxious extremists – those who spray paint fur, let animals loose from the zoo, give dirty looks to people who are eating meat, etc. – can cause the whole group to be labeled unfavorably like that. Ugh.
- What do you think about re-using “trash” materials, such as aluminum cans and toothpaste tubes, to make fashionable accessories and clothing? (See: “One man’s trash is another man’s fashion”) Would you purchase and/or wear any of these items? Why or why not?
I have seen handbags and wallets made out of strips of aluminum cans that have been woven together, and the effect is really cool!! Accessories like that make for interesting conversation pieces and are unique, so there is no need to worry that somebody will have the exact same bag or wallet.
Since I posted my answers a day late this week, I will post the new Musing tomorrow. I hope somebody participates this week. *wink, wink, nudge*