“I’m just not really a ‘green’ person.”
I’ve heard variations of this from so many people who leave me thinking, “But you actually kind of are!”
I think many people who don’t identify with labels like green, eco-friendly, crunchy, granola, or natural-living have the misconception that there is only one way to be a “green person”. But really, there are so many ways to go green that don’t have to do with cloth diapers, making your own cleaning products, or driving a hybrid.
Here are some traits that aren’t often associated with natural-living, but really should be.
If you are the thrifty type, you already have a leg up on some important aspects of natural living. Having the restraint to hold out for a great price on something can mean buying a lot less junk that will eventually just go into the landfill. It can also mean that you could be great at finding the best natural products for the best price.
Handy people have a much-desired skill for natural living. Fixing things when they are broken or worn is always greener than throwing them out and buying new!
Crafty folks actually enjoy making stuff. Lot of times that can be better for the environment than buying something that was made in China. If you the crafty sort, use your love of making things to help you go green with homemade versions of not-so-earth-friendly products.
Creative people are great at solving problems. That’s a great trait to have when trying to navigate the world of natural-living.
Lots of times, the choices we make for natural living are a little… let’s say different. It takes an adventurous spirit to try those new things that our family and friends might find strange or uncomfortable.
* * *