Am I ‘Green’ enough?

I sometimes go to obsessive levels to do something I believe in. Regarding environmental conservation, my family members sometimes point it out! Though it does not dampen my spirit and resolve to be ‘green’, I do feel the need to be a ‘smart, easy-to-follow champion’ of Greenness, rather than a ‘compulsive environment enthusiast’, if you understand where I am coming from…!

Now I want to list out all things I do on a day-to-day basis, with a view to promote sustainability…Being a home-maker, let me start from the kitchen and then move on to other activities…

  1. I regulate tap flow to optimize water use.
  2. I plug-out most of the appliances in kitchen (and elsewhere also like laptop, tv etc), after their use, and surely at night
  3. I try to segregate plastic and paper waste from normal household waste, and periodically, dump the collection in the appropriate recycle bins.
  4. If I have a choice, I pick up food items from departmental store, with basic packaging.
  5. For shopping, I mostly carry ‘reusable bags’ to minimize use of ‘single-use’ bags.
  6. Also I do bulk-shopping (weekly, fortnightly, or monthly as the need be) for non-perishables to avoid daily trips, and reduce use of shopping bags and packaging material.
  7. We use AC in our home only when necessary, otherwise use fans.
  8. We teach our little one, the importance of saving water and power and recycling waste.

Now, what do you think? Am I ‘Green enough’…obsessive…or can do more?

Thanks for reading!

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2 responses to “Am I ‘Green’ enough?

  1. It is, of course, good to be green as you are, but in a recent book, Gernot Wagner of the Environmental Defense Fund asked a crucial question: “But will the planet notice?” What he meant was that without the right pubic policies, individual attempts at “being green” can never be enough. Check out this review of Wagner’s book: http://www.economonitor.com/dolanecon/2011/10/24/only-economists-can-save-the-planet/

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    • Thanks Ed for your comments and the book link…I always wondered that with a degree in economics, and keen-ness to do something for environment conservation, what all could I do..the book gives me conviction and direction. Thanks.

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