We don’t want to harm Mother Nature so we strive to live a more sustainable life, but does going green make us also feel guilty? According to a recent New York Times article, Going Green, but Still Feeling Guilty, many of the folks we might admire for being on the forefront of the green world, may not be the super eco-conscious greenies we thought they were. Does living a green lifestyle come with an ample amount of guilt?
True Green Confessions:
“We tried cloth and think it’s totally unrealistic”…Like the rest of America, he said, they have gravitated toward disposable diapers “and that’s really environmentally sinful. It’s plastic derived from petroleum. You use them once and then they get tossed in a landfill. It’s a terribly inefficient use of natural resources…Not only do I feel guilt, I feel hypocritical.”
Environmental lifestyle expert, author and eco-crafter, Danny Seo feels guilty about his carbon footprint because he owns two houses that he redecorates all the time, rents SUV’s to haul around his props, and uses toxic glue in craft projects:
“I’m a very guilty person…I have to make a lot of stuff, and a lot of the glues and spray paints that we are using are not so eco. The way I justify it is that I am putting together trash to make something new. One of the glues I’m using is so toxic, but it works great.”
“A friend of mine challenged me to go for 30 days without buying anything new. I said, ‘That’s a great challenge, I’ll take you on. But I’m going to start next month, because the new MacBook Air is coming out.’ Then next month, for the iPhone, and I realized I just endlessly put off making the commitment because consumption had become such a part of my life.”
Founder of the firm Organic Architect, and author of Green Building and Remodeling for Dummies, Eric Corey Freed is often consulted on green building projects and advocates putting water saving devices into your home, yet he’s not giving up his swimming pool:
“You’re going crazy over wasting clean water in the toilet,” it was pointed out to him (Eric Corey Freed). “How can you justify having a pool?…I don’t justify it…”
Are these true confessions a problem with practicing what we preach, fanaticism vs. moderation, or just the reality of the times? Should guilt be a motivator in going green? Are you in conflict with Mother Nature?