Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Is Green a 4 letter word?
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If you were to ask someone in South America, Ireland, the Caribbean, Central America, etc what being green means to them I would bet you an organic pillow they point to the grass beneath their feet. Every time I think about living "green" I remember growing up in Guyana, where we went to the open market and bought what we needed for the day, every day. We had those old school glass coke bottles that we would purchase by the case, and when it was done we took them back to the store, where it was recycled. The thing is, there was no term for it, no assignment, it was just what we knew.
Of late, I think green has become another term that folks are using to delineate themselves from each other. Do you compost? Have you used a plastic bag in the last year? The opinions of what "green living" is supposed to be can feel like a judgment. What do you mean you don't buy organic? Well, if I may butt in here *squeezes my way in*...I think living green is- doing your very best. with what you have. at that time. Not many people can forget this, it is very real, and it speaks to our need to do better with finding solutions for recycling and consuming less.
Everyone wastes, everyone shops for convenience, and it is easier, much easier to live closer to the land in some areas than in others. Green is a movement. We can all agree that a movement is pretty much a number of smaller components that when grouped together form a greater force, right? Then each one do your best as is available to you. Every person that skips the plastic water bottle in exchange for a water filter has just done something immense, and don't be fooled otherwise. This is how I do my personal best:
-reusable bags, I love these from Baggu , and they really do fit the kitchen sink
- I shop the farmers market in warmer months, it's delicious & less expensive
-I eat the best I can because it makes me feel better anyway
-buy only what I want to live with, even if it means my house is sofaless for months
What about you?