Green guilt trip

July 16, 2007 at 1:17 pm 2 comments

clipped from Patt Morrison’s opionion column at:

A Dickian dystopia is bearing down on us. The government and the greenies are afraid of making you feel guilty. Not me.

Plastic: You’re not throwing away plastic bags, genius — you’re throwing away oil. In energy alone, recycling a ton of plastic bags saves 11 barrels of oil.

And those darling little plastic water bottles you tossed — 18 million barrels of oil to make them.

Paper: The lungs you ruin may be your own. A mature tree eats 13 pounds of carbon dioxide every year, so every time you don’t recycle a huge stack of envelopes and junk mail and wrapping paper and newspapers, you’re murdering a tree that could have saved you. You could heat your house for six months on the energy saved from recycling a ton of paper.

Aluminum cans: Too lazy to shuffle to the recycling bin? The energy you waste by throwing away a single soda can would run your TV for three hours. Throwing away an empty six-pack is like throwing away nearly a $3.50 gallon of gasoline.


Entry filed under: activism, environment, learn.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lamarguerite  |  July 16, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for this post. A nice complement to my blog, “My Inconvenient Truth: the Daily Sins of a Green Girl Wannabe” Now I am going to feel really guilty . . .


  • 2. alejna  |  July 17, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    While I’ve still got plenty of green guilt, and can do plenty more to lessen my impact, it’s nice to see this list of things that I don’t have to feel so guilty about! I’ve been on my own personal crusade to reduce my own use of all disposable products (such as plastic bags & paper products) and I recycle religiously. (I’ve been known to cart around empty bottles in my bag for hours until I can find a recycling bin.)

    Thanks for the list, and the extra motivation to keep reducing and recycling!


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