According to a survey by Shelton Group, over 60 percent of Americans seek out green products when making purchases. Even more Americans choose to recycle and conserve energy when possible. The green movement doesn't seem to be one that will go away anytime soon. So if you consider yourself environmentally friendly or want to make changes to your daily life to help better the planet, you'll need to change your lifestyle in more ways than one. It seems easy enough, but there are a lot of factors people forget when going green. Let's take a look at 15 of them.
Solar panels are difficult to dispose of
They may last for over 25 years, but they'll end up in landfills once their shelf life is up. Luckily, companies have anticipated this — and hope to figure out a way to recycle the old panels once they've expired.
Ordering green products that require shipping is harmful to the environment
Always try to purchase green products within your local area. Non-local items tend to be shipped, which is extremely harmful to the environment — defeating the purpose of buying green.
Green products aren't as available as we think
Unfortunately, stores just aren't fully stocked with green products. And again, it may do more damage than good if you buy products that need to be shipped.
Not all cities have a recycling program
Curbside recycling isn't an option in all cities (New Orleans, for example) — forcing people to travel farther to take their items to a recycling center.
Green products are often more expensive
Organic produce and green cleaning and beauty supplies are almost double the cost of regular produce and cleaning and beauty supplies. Not everyone can afford to go green.
We need to go green on a much bigger scale
Yes, every bit helps. To actually benefit the earth, our green movement needs to be much bigger to truly make a long-term difference.
Weather can leave you with few options
One of the best ways to help the planet is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions (or gas). Unfortunately, for those that live in extremely cold or hot climates, this can be dangerous.
We're surrounded by new technology that's hard to avoid
It's true — we all want the latest iPhone, iPad and flat screen televisions. Consider purchasing used versions of these products a few months after they're released to reduce product waste.
Hybrid vehicles are expensive
Similar to organic products, hybrid cars aren't cheap. Not everyone can afford energy-efficient vehicles.
We're not properly educated on what it means to "go green"
People think "going green" means to purchase different food, new cars and new clothes — basically changing their lifestyle. Though this would help, making small changes is better than doing nothing at all.
Planning your day is necessary
Run errands based on location, and make a plan instead of driving aimlessly all around town.
People often create more waste when going green
Buying new light bulbs, window shades and food in hopes of bettering the planet actually creates more trash. Instead, wait until you need a product and replace it with an environmentally friendly version.
It's hard to develop green habits
We know all the tricks — turn off your computer when it's not in use, set the air conditioner slightly warmer than you'd prefer, carpool and so on — but it's challenging to remember every tip.
It'll take some sacrifice on your part
Humans don't naturally want to sacrifice, and we justify our actions accordingly. If you really want to live a green lifestyle, you need to accept the idea of doing things you wouldn't normally do (taking shorter showers, reusing your morning coffee cup or drying your clothes outside).
You need to get your family involved
Finally, you can't go green alone if you have a family. Everyone must be involved and on the same page. Consider having weekly family meetings to get everyone on board with new, green ideas!
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