Basically it describes a trend I've gotten very tired of - people using "eco-conscious" choices to justify indulgent consumption.
- It's not good for the environment to throw out perfectly-good item A so that you can replace it with more efficient and eco-friendly item B.
- Composting food does not mean you didn't waste your leftovers.
- Buying "biodegradable" stuff is worse than meaningless.
- Recycling doesn't magically mean that you never consumed that item in the first place... *cough* reduce, reuse *cough*
- Using cloth grocery bags is pointless if you're just going to buy plastic bags to throw your garbage and recycling in anyway
- Bottled water is stupid unless your town has a specific problem with contamination. You weren't too good to drink out of the hose as a kid, why are you too good for a faucet now?
- You can't justify burning jetfuel on overseas vacations because it "helps people from different cultures understand each other."
Here's another one. Stop throwing out your water bottles every time they go out of fashion. A dangerous plastic bottle is when people in the developing world reuse pesticide bottles and industrial chemical drums to carry and store drinking water. I really don't think the tiny trace of BPA that you'll get drinking out of a Nalgene bottle for 10 years will be the death of you. All the hippies in Davis thought it was pretty cool and folksy of them to buy mason jars to drink out of. You know why people used to drink out of mason jars? Because when you actually can food, you can't open a kitchen cabinet without finding one! Buying new things never reduces your ecological footprint! I have no doubt that the most "green" among us are poor people who couldn't care less about the environment but live within a tight budget.
If a hybrid SUV or luxury sedan that gets 20 mpg makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, than enjoy it - but don't preach to me about how green you are.
Have you heard any awesome justifications for people to live their lives the way they want without eco-guilt?