How to Be Greener
Before I say anything, let me admit that aside from a brief stint in 3rd grade when my favorite t-shirt said, “Love the Planet — It’s the Only One We’ve Got” and had a recycling party for my 10th birthday, and then again in high school when I went through a real granola phase that involved a lot of tie-die, I’ve never been very environmentally-minded. This is shameful, of course, especially because my reason for thinking that I didn’t care was probably because it wasn’t “glamorous.”
But as it is wont to do, the media machine has been working on me these last six months as everyone from Domino to Readymade has rolled out their green issue. Suddenly people who have never thought about green concerns find global awareness really hip. Of course, if you have long been a champion of sustainable resources, local produce, composting and the like, this is probably annoying to you. And I can totally understand that.
But the good news is, if it’s working on me, it’s working on other people. Thanks to the very nifty The Green Book a friend gave me, I’ve been making the kind of small changes that are inconsequential to me but could have lasting environmental impact if other people them up, too. I’ve stopped taking receipts from the ATM. I turn off the water while I brush my teeth. I registered online to stop getting all that damn junk mail. Since I will probably never be a vegan or entirely off the grid, tiny tips like the ones in The Green Book have got me behaving better. And not only is it totally painless, but in our very me-me-me culture, we would all be better off spending some time thinking about our global community. And, of course, there are far impactful ways of doing that that unplugging the tv when the Sopranos is over. But hopefully this is just the beginning.