A series of books by Josh Dorfman suggests that we should all take a deep breath when it comes to saving the planet. Instead of worrying about every single scrap of paper and whether its recycled, reused and reduced…. why not be a lazy environmentalist?
Perhaps if we cut ourselves a bit of slack, we’ll be less stressed about doing our part in going green. And you never know – just maybe it will come more naturally, too.
Dorfman, 37, has penned 2 books and maintains a website, www.lazyenvironmentalist.com, with the tagline: “No pain, maximum gain.” He also has a new television show which premiered last June on the Sundance Channel, and you can read articles based on his ideas on the TodayShow.com site and in Fitness Magazine.
In “The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget” (2009) and “The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living” (2007), Josh Dorfman works a niche that some may not be so brave to mine. That is – how to more easily live green, while not beating ourselves up about a little carbon on our footprint. Can you be lazy and green at the same time?
Yes, you can!
Actually, Dorfman shares a viewpoint that we have here at Peachy Green. That is, 99% of the environmental news out there is based on doom and gloom. But there is a sunnier (peachy, if you will) side to the story. Good things are happening in the world, and people can make a difference at every level.
With this perspective, Josh Dorfman’s books, website and T.V. program showcase simple, fun ways to live green. In his own words:
“Let’s attract people to go green, and let’s do that by having a dialogue that’s going to be nonthreatening, lighthearted and really, really informative so that it empowers them to feel good about going green instead of just feeling bad about what they’re not doing.”
There is a plethora of information on the Lazy Environmentalist site, on the show and in the books. You might be familiar with some of the tips, but others will seem so straightforward, you’ll wonder… why didn’t I think of that?
Here is a great example of how the lazy environmentalist can get away with making a small change for a big difference. Let’s say you want to save water. You don’t want to engage in infrequent flushing (eww… gross), and perhaps you are even too lazy to turn off the water when you brush your teeth or take shorter showers.
Dorfman has an idea: work with WaterSaver Technologies to install a gray water system that stores water from the sink and uses it to flush the toilet. Nobody minds a bit of toothpaste in the toilet, right? You could also put in a high-efficiency toilet that minimizes water use so that you don’t flush all your money away.
Another super green idea in Dorfman’s books is to get cash for recycling old electronics. If you’re like me, you probably have a drawer full of old cell phones. I’m just waiting for the time to empty them out, drive around and find who will take them for recycling. We also have an old T.V. sitting in my son’s closet.
I’m calling as soon as this post is published!
You’ll have to check out the books or the show to find more tips on how to be a lazy environmentalist. The bottom line, however, is that you don’t have to take drastic steps to make a difference. Simple ideas that are easy to implement and do not require significant lifestyle changes will encourage more globally-conscious behavior. Each little step adds up!
So, here’s to being a lazy environmentalist. And be sure to tell your mom that the two ideas are not mutually exclusive!