Green living is not just about buying organic and locally produced food items. It means an individual must take certain necessary steps in order to decrease carbon footprint. There are a few myths about green living that some people do while others don’t because they are told such things are good or bad for the green earth, but you would be surprised that some of these myths don’t produce results that you expected them to show.
Some of the most arguable myths regarding such living are discussed just right here![errorlist]
- First myth: It is said that recycled paper is much better for the environment as compared to new paper. The fact about this statement is that it really depends where do you live and what source of energy is used for recycling and manufacturing new paper. For instance, if you are living in an area where the paper recycling plant is located in busy area and cost of running the recycling plant is greater than the cost of cutting a tree and manufacturing new paper, it means you are better off with new ones.
- Second myth: Another green myth is that buying local food is greener than buying processed food. Although, it is true that locally produced fruits and vegetables are healthier but if the method of production is unhygienic and unsatisfactory than may be you are better off while buying food that has travelled a long distance but it fulfils the hygiene and food production standards.
- Third myth: To wash dishes by hand is better than using the dishwasher. But while reflecting on this in a practical way, it really depends on your method of washing dishes because some people take a lot of time while hand washing and they don’t even realise how much water they waste. So, you can be better off while using a dishwasher or washing dishes in cold water.
- Fourth myth: People say that travel by car is better than travelling by air. This statement cannot be categorized as true or false because it depends on what type of car you are driving, if it is fuel efficient and causes less pollution than by car would be a good option.
- Fifth myth: It is believed that paper bags are more environmental friendly than plastic bags. But the fact is they are as bad as plastic bags, because plastics cause a lot of littering problem whereas paper ones cause greater amount of carbon emissions and cutting down of trees. The best choice could be to grab some reusable bags.
- Sixth myth: Most environmental friendly card is an electric car. It is true for those regions that generate energy from efficient sources but if you live in an area that has coal generated electricity than electric cars won’t be much beneficial.
- Seventh myth: Another myth is that to reduce global warming, plant as many trees as possible. Now again, it depends in which area and under what weather conditions you are planting a tree. It is best to plant trees where there is tropical climate and trees are grown to their potential.
- Eighth myth: It is recommended by many energy suppliers that one should buy high efficient energy saving electric home appliances. Although, they can be efficient in the night time or washing your dishes with cold water rather than hot, these small changes can save you a lot more money.
- Ninth myth: It’s said that using eco-friendly detergents helps in reducing carbon footprint. But the reality is that, using other types of detergents is not as harmful as running a hot washing cycle.
- Tenth myth: Last but not the least, it is a myth that people should use reusable nappies for their children instead of buying disposable ones at they cost a lot of environmental hazard. The fact is it depends on what method of washing you use because if you don’t have an eco-friendly washing machine then you might be better off using disposable nappies.[/errorlist]