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Proper Green: Green Etiquette

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Proper Green is a blog about good manners in a green world. Today's topic: how to convince others to do the right thing.
A man that should call everything by its right name would hardly pass the streets without being knocked down as a common enemy. ~Lord Halifax

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Dear Proper Green:

Why should I care about green etiquette? If other people don't do the right thing, shouldn't we call them out on it? Isn't that being true to our cause?

Dear Friend:

Well, the answer depends on what you are trying to accomplish. While it is always a good idea to be true to yourself, it is not always necessary to tell the world about it. What you decide for yourself and your way of life is your business. Likewise, others have the same right.

Think of the effect your words will have on someone else. I suspect you expect that they will glow with new-found adoration and thanks for pointing out their shortcomings. What you are likely to actually get is anger, defensiveness and hurt feelings. And, these are likely people that you see often, such as co-workers, neighbors or school mates. Here is the most appropriate place I can think of to put in a few tried and true adages: Do unto others, etc.; You get more flies with honey; A fire can’t burn without shedding light on something. You get it, right? Your green habits will set a good example for others without any finger-wagging on your part.

About Proper Green

The “green movement” is a relatively new one. And because it’s so new, ideas about what constitutes proper behavior within the movement are still evolving. But we think it’s important to establish some guidelines to help smooth the way.

Proper Green is (at least we hope) a blog about good manners in a green world. And while people often confuse “etiquette” with “manners” - the former deals with social custom, i.e., which fork to use or how to introduce your niece to your husband’s cousin at your step-sister’s second wedding––the latter is an expression of respect.And that’s what we’re going to focus on.

Good manners, like our planet, need care, attention and dedication. We hope you find inspiration and answers here.

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  • krupa m. 5 years ago
    I think that everyone should recycle and not litter.We should also reuse by making a project with bottles,ect.
  • Ana G. 5 years ago
    Well, that's all and good but it's also up to your municipality to participate in a recylcling program. Would you believe, with a city as big as Chicago...we don't recycle? I mean, not us.....I recycle so much, have made diy costume jewelry from RX bottles and caps, line garbage cans w/newspaper instead of plastic, lesson our paper/plastic intake...but yet....are illustrious mayo Rahm Emanuel has done NOTHING in regard to this....Daley started one, but it fell flat. I have gotten petitions, city council meetings, letters written, etc.... Politicians work for us...and they're not doing so....and think WE work for them. I miss our recycling program...I miss being able to separate our garbage but know I recycle it for crafting items, stuff for the house, etc....
  • Margaret V. 5 years ago
    You should only take what you can eat, clean your plate. How would you feel if someone treated you like that. Being mannerly to the planet as well as caring for the planet has always been there. We need to get back to the basics of celebrating our planet.
  • VICKIE P. 5 years ago
  • Kathy H. 5 years ago
    We must keep the environment clean to preserve God's creation for future generations.
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