A couple of weeks ago we asked you what basic green step is holding you back – one commenter suggested that it was her husband. Last week Treehugger wrote about one married couple who was airing out their environmental disagreements on Sidetaker.
Well… this issue exists on a certain level in my home too. Why is it that both my day job and writing for this website revolves around helping people green their home, but it seems like the hardest person to convince is my boyfriend?
Recently I came home from a vacation to find my boyfriend bought us a giant box of Swiffer wipes (wasteful), a bag of tiny bags of baby carrots (unnecessary packaging), and some new bottles of cleaners (toxic) – how thoughtful! When I questioned him about it, he just really didn't get it. He then freaked out when I said I was exchanging the toxic cleaners with healthier ones. He pushes back on the seemingly simplest green steps: turning out the lights, monitors and computers; using our air/heat less; using cloth napkins and towels rather than paper products; and the worst is groaning about bringing reusable totes to the grocery.
Don't get me wrong, he also practices some very green habits such replacing (most) of our lights with compact fluorescents, growing a vegetable garden, and air drying the majority of our laundry.
We want to green our home as much as possible, but I know we need to compromise - but to what extent? Some people have their little ones to keep their environmental habits in check. But, still dear readers, I need your help – please share how you convince your other (roommate, family member, friend, etc) to go green.
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