Filed under: Fashion + Beauty, J500 Week 3 | Tags: 3r's, go green trend, media environmentalism, recycle, reduse, reuse, trend
I started to notice the “Go Green” trend in high school when I heard the song “3 R’s” by Jack Johnson. The lyrics send a clear message that it is important to reduce, reuse and recycle. The song is on the soundtrack of Curious George and was sung on Sesame Street, but it became a hit, even to high school students. I remember driving with friends listening to the soundtrack for the first time and thinking it was a joke. Soon enough we were all asking our trend-setting friend to give us a copy of the CD. I continue to listen to the song, but I sing along without really thinking about what I am singing. It isn’t even an environmental song to me anymore, the message faded after listening to it a hundred times.
This brings up the question of whether going green should be a trend. Will going green be another trend that fades, such as LiveStrong bracelets or fanny packs?
Personally, I am torn on this question. I think that environmentalism is such a large issue that it shouldn’t be something that comes and goes like a trend, but at the same time is it a bad thing to spark interest by making it a trend and hoping that people will learn from it and continue to change their behaviors? The first step in getting people to change is informing them about what they are doing wrong so they can understand. Maybe a green trend could help with this first step.
I found this article that includes a quiz of sorts that made me second guess if I was really in it for the long run or if I was another fad-following consumer. I learned a lot from reading these articles about global warming, making me realize I may not be so green at all. The author of the article was accurate in relating going green to dieting; there are some people who won’t break their pact and some that aren’t willing to change bad habits. I hope to be more informed about the green movement so that I am not just another person on the green bandwagon.
Some green trends are fun and inexpensive, so consumers can try them out without having to spend money, such as green jeans that require no washing machine. I’ll be the first to admit that I have the thought in my head that going green is more expensive, but I am quickly learning that that isn’t all that true.
Like Kermit the frog says, it’s not easy being green…but at least companies are trying to make it easier for us consumers.
And the pizza was a hit for two of the five roommates, the others didn’t like the lack of cheese. Maybe we’ll have better luck next time.
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