Dear Proper Green:
I’m the greenest person in my group. All my friends call me “Tree Hugger.” So I was mortified when they saw me with a bottled water the other day. I was doing my running around and forgot my reusable bottle at home, and had to buy a bottled water to take my afternoon pills. Now some of my friends are calling me a hypocrite and it’s starting to hurt me. It’s starting to be a problem.
You are understandably embarrassed, especially because you know how green you really are. But, these things happen to everyone. No one is perfect. If these people are truly your friends, it’s likely that they are just giving you some good-natured ribbing and you’re being a little overly sensitive. The best thing to do is diffuse the situation with humor. Next time someone says something snarky, say something like, “Hey, I’m fair and balanced, I like to make sure the recyclers don’t feel left out!” If that doesn’t work, just have a little patience. Sooner or later one of them will make a faux pas, and then you can do a little good natured ribbing of your own.
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.
Please send inquires to: Propergreen@recyclebank.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity.