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Don't be ashamed if you're still scratching your head trying to figure out how to approach green living. Greening is so varied, many very well-versed people have a hard time keeping up. Comparisons that insist wind is superior to solar and vice versa abound. Equally good arguments championing the viability of hydrogen fuel cells over electric technology raise the buds of questions marks that threaten to emit a flood of many-spored confusion. The “right” way to be green is still arguable, but with the application of common-sense logic we'll all find our way to the side of the fence we like best. Perhaps we'll even remove the fence.

DIY or Support Green Industry With Your Wallet

Whether you're a born upcycler, solar-generator-building phenom, green-tinkerer, or avid proponent of “paying someone else to do it”, there will be times you'll find yourself faced with a decision between the do-it-yourself route and the path that empowers the green experts to gain a foothold over the pollution-giants that seem to be dying hard, guns literally blazing, on their way out.

In an ideal economy, paying another greenie to do it has tremendous advantages over making your own products, but DIY has a very real place in an ailing economy, and learning how to make some of the essentials, for use at least some of the time, becomes a matter of survival. What would a green maker propose?

  • Have a DIY deodorant (very easy to make effective ones) available for those moments when your none-too-cheap enzyme-based deodorant runs out.


  • Kill two birds with one stone, and invest in a box of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. It's a clarifying and conditioning shampoo with a scent that washes out, a bleach you can use to brighten loads, a potent fabric softener for the rinse cycle that won't leave an offensive scent (use a few drops of lavender essential oil if it makes you feel better), and a formidable all-purpose cleaner that will disinfect the heck out of everything it touches.


  • Split your clothing purchases between conventional green boutiques (masters of upcycling abound on the etsy platform, for instance) and thrift stores like the Goodwill. This keeps the flow of currency empowering two green power sources with a gentle impact upon your wallet.

Selecting Your Green Information Base

You'll find no shortage of green gurus who walk their talk through search engines, but you might want to spend some time on the Treehugger and Viropop platforms first to discover which kind of greenie you are. Once you know you're a supporter of solar and upcycling, or sound-generated electric (you read that correctly) and full-on green investing, you can search for the experts in those arenas of green society and decide who your resonate with and want to learn more from.

Organizing Your Thoughts On The Other Green Bits

Green snobbery, like any other form of snobbery, can turn valuable minds off of an extremely important change in mass-consciousness that will save the lives of future generations (who will still have a planet to be born on if we can get our energy consumption and treatment of the planet and its inhabitants in order). Don't be discouraged by the know-it-alls; you'll find them in every culture and sub-culture. Step into greening at a moderate pace, and give yourself time to find your eco-signature. We all go about it differently. Some refuse to use plastic. Others seek out bio-degradable plastics like Zelfo. Some feel that felling trees is a vital part of greening the planet because it prevents forest fires. All viewpoints should be taken into consideration, and we should feel comfortable supporting what our hearts and minds say “Yes” to.