Thursday, June 12, 2008

A few things about this "Green" thing are really starting to tick me off...

Warning: This might turn into a rant. I'll try and keep it short and sweet, but consider yourself warned.

I'm all about sustainable living and protecting the environment. I use CFL light bulbs, re-usable shopping bags, I have a garden and buy from the local farmers' market... among other things. But some of these supposedly "green" people and companies are really starting to irritate me. It seems that all they REALLY want is for you to buy into the recent hype and line their pockets with dollar bills by buying all new stuff. Isn't buying new products kind of "anti-green"?

I mean, sure, I'd love a Prius or some other hybrid. But, isn't it really better to drive my existing car into the ground before I buy another car to put on the roads? And I'd love to buy your t-shirts made from recycled Coke bottles, but then I'd probably have some shirts going to my local landfill. And have you heard of these Organic Lollipops? I mean, really? What do you think, there's some organic lollipop plant somewhere and now lollipops are healthy?

It doesn't stop there either - you have green cleaners, too. Um, thanks, I can make my own! People get so caught up in this crap that they forget to think about other options (You know, 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'). End of rant, thanks for listening.

Question of the day:
What do you think of the current Green movement?



  1. I have an entirely different rant on the issue: Why is it that the media can take any random word(s) in the English language and attach them to an issue, therefore creating an "official" label that everyone uses? 10 years ago a green car was something that needed a new paint job. The English language is imploding upon itself and I fear there is little or nothing that can be done about it.

    Oh, but to answer your question: I think it's a good idea (stop being wasteful) that's unfortunately being turned into a consumerist venture and a media scare.

  2. DYMongoose - I completely agree that these "coined phrases" are getting out of control. Words mean so many different things nowadays that it is quite easy to be confused if your not "up on the lingo" - so to speak.

    Thank you for your comment!

  3. i agree... There is a guy out there taking suggestions on what to do with his 60k range rover he doesn't want to sell it. He wants to blow it up or something.. But honestly I just think that is just as wasteful! He should donate it to a charity that needs it and buy more economical car...