5 Green Living Myths—and How To Shatter Them

Tackle these green living myths today to jump-start your eco-friendly lifestyle.

| July/August 2006


Want to know how to go green? First, tackle these green living myths.

Myth #1: It will be too difficult and disruptive to change my habits.

You can start living an environmentally conscious lifestyle by making small, simple improvements and building on them over several weeks. For example, much driving is done more out of habit than for convenience, pleasure or necessity. Giving up the car two or three days a week to carpool or use public transportation isn’t a hardship, it’s just an adjustment. You’re likely to find that even deep-rooted habits can be altered gradually without upheaving your life.

Myth #2: Earth-friendly products are hard to find and expensive.

An estimated 13,000 retailers are devoted to selling environmentally preferable products. In addition, conventional retailers have begun integrating safer sustainable alternatives into their lines. Many earth-friendly products are as economical as their conventional counterparts because they use recycled or reclaimed materials, require less processing and output less waste. In many cases, a higher-priced item offers deferred savings (such as energy-efficient products that reduce costs in the long run).

Myth #3: Being environmental means depriving me and my family of comforts and conveniences.

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