Exploiting green people may sound a bit odd. According to this guide, "Choosing one’s friends is a very weighty endeavor that can yield significant benefits ... Recently, a new subset of desirable targets has come on the market: environmentalists ... "Plenty Magazine may have folded in early 2009 but it will maintain its' presence on the Web through a partnership with the Mother Nature Network. This five part article is a beginner's guide to befriending and exploiting green people.
As I consider myself relatively green, my first thought in reading this was to determine what exactly the author thought there was to exploit about me!
Well, according to the article, befriending someone green is "a financially and emotionally beneficial alliance. Understanding and talking about the things that environmentalists care about most will be your golden ticket to free light bulbs, handmade soap and many other perks."
I'd add to that home made wedding cake toppers, free herbs and garden tools.
Here is the entertaining step-by-step guide to befriending environmentalists, from Plenty Magazine.
- Bringing numerous talking points to dinner
- Brainwashing children
- Being depressed by statistics
- Knowing which ingredients in your shampoo will kill you
- Never throwing stuff away
This article originally appeared in "Plenty" in November 2008.