7 Green Tips That May Lose You Friends

Have you lost friends from your hippy ways? Probably not and if you have they were not really the sought of friends you need. Humans are social beings and therefore we do not like to stick out. Some green tips may do that however. Here is a rundown of the few that I have come across since being green:

1)      Get a wormery for your flat

I have written about my wormery success before, but I grew some great tomatoes and peppers from the worm juice.

Social Outcast: Disposing of the toxic waste in a friend’s garden attracted sneers as did opening it and trying to keep it in the kitchen. Anyone would of thought that I was keeping maggots (although my Grandad says they work just as well for a wormery).

2)      Save the Dishwater as Plant food

If you don’t have a dishwasher you can scoop out the water and use it for feeding your plants and watering the garden (be careful to use a nontoxic washing up liquid though)

Social Outcast: There is a small possibility that you will kill the lawn or spill the water as you are trying to move it, but think of the water saving and the saved fish life through prevented algae blooms.

3)      Turn down the heating

The old jumper trick.

Social Outcast: People like to be naked in their houses. They can get back to that Neanderthal feeling of freedom and Neanderthals like it hot. I had a flatmate who would smoke, therefore needed an open window, but would get chilly as he sat in a t-shirt and would then need the heating on full. Drove me nuts.

4)      Don’t fly

Social Outcast: this is an extreme environmentalist action and friends will find it difficult to accept. Partly because you are not prepared to go swanning off for those weekend trips.

5)      Pick up rubbish and take it home

Unfortunately people still litter. We’re turning our oceans into plastic swamps. The only way to get plastic out of the food chain is to recycle it. If you come across rubbish you should put it where it belongs: in a recycling bin.

Social Outcast: Err that is so disgusting. It may be dirty but through picking up other people’s rubbish you expose yourself to germs that can only really harden your immune system. There is also always soap.

6)      Flush less

Every flush of your toilet means you waste roughly 5 litres of expensive and carbon intensive water. Flushing only every third time and for number twos can save massive amounts of water.

Social Outcast: Unhygienic although I never quite understood the obsession with a clean toilet. You do not eat your dinner in the toilet after all.

7)      Ditch the bottled water

Bottled water is bad because it creates unnecessary pollution among other things.

Social Outcast: Bottled water is hugely fashionableand has become the coolest accessory.

We can do a lot more if we reject social norms that are dangerous to the environment. The only way to break social norms is to get enough people to change. Slavery, colonialism and women subordination were also once norms of the Western World and they got overturned because people started saying no. Ok everyone buying a wormery is not going to save the world, but the idea is that we need to change the way we think and that most often starts with small steps.

Have you got any other social norms that you think we should start to break?

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