5 Myths About Green Living
"Green living" is a phrase that I keep hearing more often on TV, in the magazines and on my friend's Pinterest boards. Thanks to the Internet, the idea of "green living" can feel huge and honestly, overrated. Hoping to clear up the confusion, I'm going to break down some of the sustainable lifestyle myths.
Myth 1. Green living is for liberal hippies. Hello, living a more eco-conscious existence is for everyone. Cool if you're into living waste-free, but also kudos if you've given up paper towels and plastic straws.
Myth 2. You need to go all in or nothing. Let's be real here. Encountering disposable plastic is unavoidable. Small changes can lead to a larger impact. Hot tip: One of the easiest ways for you to cut down on your plastic consumption is to stop buying packaged foods.
Myth 3. Just because a company says that their product is "green" doesn't mean it is.(Also known as "green washing.") Companies have been quick to decorate their packaging in images of nature with green fonts touting "eco-friendly" and "natural." Do your research – you can learn more about how marketers are misleading consumers and what to watch out for at the FTC Green Guides.
Myth 4. Green beauty products suck. Actually, they don't. Sure, I've used my fair share of really bad "green" deodorants, but I've found that Schmidt's keeps my pits feeling fresher way better than whatever junk I was using in high school. Currently, cosmetic companies have no legal obligations to report health problems related to their use to the FDA. Familiarize yourself with the "dirty dozen" cosmetic chemicals to avoid and swap out the bad stuff with the good stuff. (By the way, toxic chemicals, like bleach and phthalates can also be found in your period care! Look into switching to a menstrual cup for a comfortable, safe, no-waste period care solution.)
Myth 5. Green living is too expensive. The truth is, sometimes you do have to spend some money upfront to switch to a more sustainable technology. Below are some simple examples of green living swaps that you can make:
• swap the disposable razor for a safety razor
• swap the tampons and pads for one menstrual cup
• swap the cheaply made "fast fashion" for good quality, responsibly manufactured clothing pieces
• swap the plastic bags for reusable grocery bags
• swap the plastic water bottles for a reusable water bottle
• swap the disposable coffee cup for a chic travel coffee mug
• swap the disposable coffee filters for a french press
• swap the conventional cleaning products for bulk Castile soap and vinegar
• swap plastic tupperware with reusable mason jars
• swap nonstick cooking pans with cast iron
What's your favorite green living swap? Let us know in the comments below.