Going green, is it just for the rich?

March 21st, 2012 BY Angelina Leigh | No Comments

Supporting the eco cause is a noble one, but sometimes even I’m forced to admit it’s slowly starting to feel like eco-conscious living is only for rich and privileged. You really can’t fault anyone for not taking up a greener living because some things associated with it are just so expensive.  It’s so easy to say pick up the green challenge and make the switch today but when you sit down and calculate the cost of that ‘investment’, sure I’ll agree that the eventual pay-off is great (save mother nature, create a healthy body and environment for yourself and your loved ones) but the initial payments you’ll have to make might not even be possible.  Think about it as we break this down into the 3 main areas that make up our lives:
- A roof over our heads
- Food on our tables
-Clothes on our backs


Eco-powered house
The solar panels
Let’s face facts, solar power will save us plenty in utility bills, although it may vary from household to household but before you get to the saving you’ll have to have enough in your bank to comfortably part with a five figure sum outlay.  Again the price depends on size of the system and the quality of your panels but still it’s not cheap.


Eco-food source
Local sourced organic foods is the probably the premium of green foods, but frankly they cost quite the bomb too. If you’re living alone or just a small family of 3, you can still manage to go by buying everything organic without feeling too much the pinch, but try that with a large family with ever hungry kids and things would look very different.


Again organic clothing is the way to go, but have you compared the prices of an organic cotton t-shirt to that of a normal cotton t-shirt? Phenomenal difference! But I think of the 3 areas, it’s the clothes that I have most issues with because while I can understand why food and power set-up would cost that much; I can’t quite fathom why upcycled or repurposed clothing should cost double what normal clothes do. Upcycled and repurposed really does mean making something out of a material that would have otherwise been given the toss. I appreciate to hand make a piece of clothing takes more effort than using a machine, but surely not to the extent the price can be inflated to such ridicules amounts.


Thus this brings me to the conclusion that some people are simple cashing in on the green cause, trying to make insane amounts of profits off it without realizing their actions are setting the cause backwards. Who would want to even try to go green when green is nothing but expensive?