Isn’t it interesting that going “Green” and doing things in an environmentally friendly way are all the rage? I wonder… how many of the Green Movement proponents know that it wasn’t all that long ago that we did do things that some aren’t so willing to do any longer.
A couple of years ago my landline phone rang and it was a well-known phone company trying to talk me into getting a cell phone, something I don’t care to own for many really good reasons. Feeling exasperated because I wasn’t buying into her reasons why they are so great, she said, “well, what if you’re out and your car breaks down!? Or, what if someone calls and you’re not home to get their call?”
I replied calmly and said, “I’d do the same thing I grew up doing. I’d wait for help once or twice in my lifetime when my car breaks down. As for people calling me when I’m not home, they’ll leave a message and I’ll return the call when I get home. In the meantime, I’m not buying another thing that lasts for 6 months to a year that ends up in the garbage.”
With fear in her voice she said, “Oh, I could never live like that, it’s too scary!”
I replied, “It seems scary because billions of dollars get spent every year convincing us of all the reasons we need to be scared. When we don’t buy into it we find the world is a far less scary place, not to mention a Greener place.”
It seems to me that there are many fear-based marketing tactics these days, everything from: germs, a missed call, bad guys all over the place who will get us, and things you can add to this list…
Hanging washed laundry on a clothes line to dry; rather than using a dryer that uses a whopping 240 volts of electricity!
Kids walking or riding a bike or bus to school; rather than a caravan of parents lined up in front of schools twice a day.
Using cloth napkins; rather than buying paper napkins.
Using rags or old kitchen towels for dusting; rather than paper towels or the latest dusting gadget.
Using a kitchen sponge to clean up spills; rather than paper towels.
Walking to the store; rather than driving a 300 horse powered machine.
Planting a backyard garden for fresh veggies and fruits; rather than buying them from the super market after the produce has traveled 3,000 miles. Continue reading ““Green” Getting Back to Where We Once Belonged” »
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"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
~ R. Buckminster Fuller