There are so many reasons people think that a green, more sustainable lifestyle is not something that will fit their way of life. The truth is, going green is not an all-or-nothing thing and many things that you don’t think will add up to better living for everyone are big things and not hard to do at all. Let’s take a look at 10 common myths.
Ten Myths about Going Green
- “I won’t make much difference. “ The truth is, little things make all the difference. Living green inspires others to do the same and small things that you do in your life add up to big differences.
- “It will be too expensive to do.” This is one of the biggest myths surrounding the green movement. Going green, in many ways is more fugal because you are re-using items instead of buying them and by making things like your own cleaning products; you are saving money as well.
- “Organic food is more expensive.” Actually, this is more than false. Sure, if you buy labeled convenience food, it will be more expensive, but buying convenience food is almost always more expensive than making it from scratch. Farmer’s markets are a great green option for many grocery items and the cost is usually cheaper or the same.
- “I am too overwhelmed with ways to save the environment. It’s too complicated.” This may be partially true, but it shouldn’t be a reason to not go green at all. As previously stated, going green is not an all-or-nothing venture. Choose what things you can reasonably do and do them.
- “It will take too much of my time.” Just like the idea that it will cost too much, many people think it will be too time consuming. Truthfully, it will take more time to do some things, but the time spent in very minimal. For instance, if you make your own laundry soap, it will take a mere 10 minutes.
- “Eco-friendly clothing is too expensive.” I have to refrain from giggling here. Sure, if you are too consumer brain-washed, it will be more expensive to buy produced and labeled green clothing. The funny thing is, thrift store and second hand clothing is known for being cheaper than even the cheapest clothing and it is green since you are buying things that are landfill bound.
- “Green living people are hippies who worry about every little thing.” Folks that live green are you and me. They are moms, professionals, college students and seniors. There is no “type” when it comes to people who live green.
- “It’s just a trend and it won’t last.” Green living has been going on since the last century, although people didn’t do it for the same reasons as many people do now. Green living was simply a way to live sustainable.
- “I can’t afford to buy a hybrid car so I feel like a fraud.” Commuting to work and other places doesn’t have to be done in a traditional manner to be more earth friendly. You can walk, bike, carpool and take public transportation.
- “I don’t have room to grow my own food.” There are many ways to cut your carbon footprint other than growing your own food. Shop local at co-ops and farmer’s markets for sustainable food options.