Being more “green” is a positively popular trend at the moment.  People are doing it, businesses are trying to be savvier and hopefully the politicians will continue to catch on. Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I’ll catch myself slipping on environmentally conscious decisions in streaks. I’m on a roll, it’s my lifestyle to make eco-friendly decisions, but then one less savvy choice is made and it leads to others.

I might find myself camping out in an area where it’s almost impossible to find recycling and some recyclable materials go into the garbage and before I know it I’m using more paper products or buying a bottled water — all the little things I feel I’m typically good about.  In general, being more eco-friendly typically takes a little extra work or money and I think when you’re lazy once, it’s easy to be lazy again.

It’s Hard To Be Perfect

I move around a lot, go for a lot of road trips and don’t live a lifestyle where I can bike to work, so I do find that I log a lot of miles on the road.  I use a good amount of gas.  I drive a Subaru Outback, which is probably one of the more efficient cars I can have for the amount of gear and the 2 dogs I take with me everywhere I go; however, just because I use a decent amount of gas doesn’t mean I call it quits in every other aspect of my life.

React To Each Small Decision

I think a large part of being greener is reacting to each situation you encounter as best as possible.  Whenever you encounter a situation where you could go one way or the other, stop and make the right call.  I’m thirsty; I could get the quick convenience in the store or make an effort to find a faucet to fill up my container.  I just made a mess on the floor; I could use half a roll of paper towels to clean up the mess or grab a few old rags to take care of it.  I have some weeds around my patio; I could buy some weed killer or take an hour to hand-pick them and keep the herbicides out of the picture.

Food

One area that I find it hard to make greener decisions is when it comes to food.  Believe me, I would love to eat all organic or local fruit, vegetables and meat, but especially at the grocery store it’s very clear that one simply costs more than the other and I, like many others, don’t have an unlimited budget.  Still, as is the point of this article, it’s not an all-or-nothing decision.  Purchase what your budget allows at the grocery store. Personally, I spend the extra money for organic foods I consume in raw form versus cooked.  Furthermore, organics are nice, but if you really want to make the right decision, buying local certainly saves the most fossil fuels and additives needed to preserve your food for a long journey.

Most of us aren’t perfect, and it’s hard to always be perfect when it comes to making green decisions in life.  Don’t let yourself make multiple poor decisions just because you made one.  Face every situation one at a time and do the best you can at every stepping stone