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Earthday 2011: The Top Eleven Green Faux Pas

We are all afraid of the green police. You know, those people who go around being more righteous than thou and shaming us lesser mortals for our shortcomings. At The Green Mama, we implore people to judge less (especially themselves): just start somewhere, just do something, and, gosh, have a little fun along the way.  Yet, most people still want to know what are the clues: the green faux pas that show they are tuned-out when they want to be tuned-in: like handing a person the sacred prayer cup with your left hand while in India, or asking for “gas” while in Europe, or picking up the cute eco girl wearing the “I HEART the planet” shirt in your brother’s Hummer.  

Leading up to Earth Day we will publish a different faux-pas each day… starting with number 11 and finishing, on Earth Day, with #1 biggest green faux pas of 2011.

The 2011 series is by Manda Aufochs Gillespie, aka The Green Mama and is  inspired by the popular 2010 series written by Green Mama contributor Kari McLennan. All photos are courtesy of Photostock.

The Green Mama’s Top Eleven Green Faux Pas for 2011

11.  Disposable, plastic shopping bags. According to Worldwatch Institute, “Each year, Americans throw away some 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags. (Only 0.6 percent of plastic bags are recycled.)” Many people have developed the habit of taking reusable bags to the grocery store, but what about all the other shopping that’s done? We can do more by taking bags with us everywhere and refusing a bag when we only buy a few things that we can easily carry. Reusable bags are everywhere now and are affordable, so this is an easy thing to do.

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