Thursday, January 17, 2008
It's Not Easy Being Green
I've been trying to be more environmentally conscious. It seems to be the thing to do these days. Everyone, even Wal*Fart is jumping on the green bandwagon (although I will not be buying anything from them, green or not green. It's against my religion.) I buy those cute, curly light bulbs and as my incandescents go pop, I replace them. I got a couple of big tote bags from Whole Foods (for a dollar, whatta bahgin!) and try my best to remember to take them with me when I leave the house. I recycle everything I can.
Where I've fallen down, until today, was in the water-bottle-and-to-go-coffee-cup department. I've been pricing them. Kleen Kanteens are stainless steel (I don't want aluminum) and have interchangeable caps. They also start at about $20 a pop. Ouch. Sigg only makes stainless steel in a Thermos style, which I don't want. And all the other ones I've seen that meet my not-aluminum requirements are only available in a wide mouth design. And while I definitely have a big mouth, I also seem to have the manual dexterity of a two year-old, as evidenced by my vast collection of shirts with little shadow stains down the front. I really should wear a bib.
In the coffee cup front, things are slightly less expensive. A stainless steel mug, one that will fit in my Honda's dinky cup holder, is $15. Starbucks, another store I don't like to patronize, charges $19 for theirs. I thought I had found the solution when I saw that Pottery Barn had $10 coffee mugs and water bottles. The mugs are ceramic, which is definitely doable, even if it is also very breakable. But their water bottles, although pretty, are aluminum.
I don't understand why it has to be so expensive to be green. Why do I have to spend half again as much to buy local (local!) and/or organic produce and foods? Why can't a company make less expensive water bottles? It can't be that the market isn't there for these things because I hear about being green from everyone, from politicians to the pizza guy.