Can Being Too Green Actually Be Bad?

In today’s market, everyone is focused on being “green.” Has anyone ever stopped to ask, “Are we being too green?” In some cases, I think we are. In the hopes of impressing our peers with how green we are, we might actually be losing touch with the basics of living a sustainable life.

Paper: It’s a race to see how many logos you can get on your printed piece. Is it FSC-, SFI-, or Rainforest Alliance-certified, printed with soy inks, powered by wind energy, 100% PCW recycled, carbon neutral, printed by a man wearing recycled shorts, and not printed on Earth Day? We are going to need business cards that are 8.5″ x 11″ to hold all these logos on the back. But have we ever thought about if we need those printed materials or not? (Jump back to my previous post for more info. on paper and “greenness.”)

Transportation: If you’re an actor in California, more likely than not, you drive a hybrid. My first question is: Why? If I had that type of cash, it would be a Bugatti Vitesse. Sure, it’s not cheap––just 2.5 million––but it goes like hell! It’s considering their “public image” that persuades all affluent actors to buy a hybrid and drive around in the most boring cars that have ever existed. I would argue that new, clean-burning turbo diesels are better for the environment than the best hybrids out there––and you can actually enjoy driving them for more than 100 miles!

I would challenge everyone to take a step back and evaluate your green initiatives. Consider what you did before. Younger generations are learning more about sustainable initiatives but are losing sight of their day-to-day activities that produce the most waste. We have turned into a very waste heavy society.  What happened to reusable milk and beer bottles, paper shopping bags that we used as trashcans or book covers? Think before you print, ask yourself, how many do you really need? Try taking public transit to work, it gives you time to think and reduces your inner road rage!

Author: John Mehl

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