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Proper Green: No Judgement Here

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Proper Green is a blog about good manners in a green world. Today's topic: no one is a perfect shade of green. And that's okay.
Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, but because you are. ~Author Unknown

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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.

Dear Friend:

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.

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  • Bradley B. 3 years ago
    Great Blog. Completely agree. It actually says a lot when your friends notice such things as a water bottle. You've set a good example or reputation. Sometimes we are harder on ourselves & worry about what others may think if we're caught with our 'pants' down. Besides, it good for friends to see we aren't perfect & it opens the conservation. Truth is...any 'Green' efforts we do is worthwhile & better than not at all.
  • Iwona B. 4 years ago
  • Sue C. 4 years ago
    I think anyone who is dedicated to going green should be congratulated. There will always be people who will make remarks that can be hurtful no matter what the situation. It takes effort to do something a bit different than the masses. If you feel strongly about the cause to protect the environment you will tell yourself that you are helping to make the world a better place and reusing the resources that the earth has provided. Occasionally it won't be possible; but you have to tell yourself that you are probably doing more than some people who are not doing anything at all but criticizing those trying to make a difference.

    Great article! Thank you for posting.
  • Robert B. 4 years ago
    I enjoy tap water in the areas I live.
  • pamela w. 4 years ago
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