what are then advantages of going green



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    In terms of business, you will be tapping into a market that grows exponentially each year. At first, some believed that going green was simply a passing “trend.” Records indicate otherwise, as the market has shown a steady increase for the last decade. Furthermore, going green can save the company energy costs. If the company is really committed, they could even make money off composting toilets that create marketable fertilizer instead of paying sewage, which costs triple the cost of clean water. In Washington, residents pay once for clean water and three times for waste water, which travels against gravity to the water treatment plant and then must undergo treatment. These are only a few of the advantages of going green. 

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    Protecting and preserving resources and a livable planet for the future are a couple of big advantages. Going green can mean saving money, like water recycling, buying consignment clothes, less gas for the car because you’re walking or riding a bike, and you almost always get a few cents off at the grocery store for bringing your own bags.

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    Going green can improve your health.  There are harmful chemicals in “non green” foods and household cleaners, and going green can get a lot of those substances out of your body. 

    That said, I don’t think people choosing to “go green” will do much to actually “save the Earth.” Despite the recent popuarity of Organic This, That and the Other Thing, pollution hasn’t slowed a bit during the green fad. How could it? Individuals making personal choices can only do so much and beyond that, we need government action. A lot of pollution comes from the way our energy and transport infrastructures are designed, for example. The worst culprits are industries, such as logging, mining, and chemical, who are permitted to profit from the tainting of the environment unregulated. Let’s not forget the relentless promotion of consumer culture, which fills landfill after landfill and endlessly contaminates our water, soil, and air. 

    If we actually want to help the environment, we must let politicians know we’re tired of their inaction. We need to tell them we won’t stand for their allowing companies to annihilate species and poison our resources. That we won’t support them if they keep giving huge subsidies to fossil fuel interests while letting the renewables industry flounder. And we certainly won’t sit by fiddling with our iPads while they delay acting on the catastrophe of climate change again and again, all to improve their electability. 

    Until we confront the people who actually have the power to thwart the onslaught of destruction, I’m not sure if “going green” really has a point. In fact, going green might just be harmful.  It makes us feel like we’re helping while we stand around and fail to do anything that actually makes a difference. Until we form a real environmental movement, on the scale of, say, the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, the cycle of environmental devastation will continue.  

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    Going green can also be beneficial mentally. Knowing that you are helping the environment in some way, even if it is a small contribution, is better than nothing. With the environment becoming a much larger issue it is obvious that we should all attempt to improve it as best as we can. People contribute in various ways: vegetarianism/ veganism, using alternative fuels or alternative means of transportation, there are many different ways to adapt to a “green” life or supporting “green” ideas and methods.

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