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 give-aways: 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.
The Green Mama’s Top Eleven Green Faux Pas for 2011
The 2011 series was inspired by the popular 2010 series written by the Green Mama contributor Kari McLennan. Leading up to Spring, we will publish a different faux-pas each day… starting with:
11. Letting the water run… while you brush your teeth, shave or do the dishes.
Whether you receive a water bill or not, it’s a precious resource and your tax dollars have gone towards cleaning what is just running down the drain. Consider how much water is wasted while brushing your teeth. If you brush for 1 minute twice a day and your faucet uses 2.5 gpm (gallons/minute) you waste 5 gallons a day and 1,825 gallons a year.