The perception of going green is that it’s a lifestyle only achieved by the wealthy. While this may be true in some cases, it’s essential to zone in on the short term versus the long term effects of saving a few dollars here and there. What we save on now can potentially destroy what we have in the years that follow.

Let’s start with food. We are all busy, and while we may think it’s more time-efficient to cut out coupons from a newspaper, all we’re going to end up with is carpal tunnel and meals loaded with chemicals and unnecessary hormones. No matter where we live, there is a guaranteed farmer’s market nearby. While we are doing good for our bodies, all creatures that contribute to earth, and the earth herself – we are helping a local business strive. Look at us go – quadruple threats!

Now, in terms of going green for the sake of energy. This energy is what keeps our buildings healthy, but just like the food we put in our bodies, we can do better with what we put in the roofs that go over our heads.

Fossil fuel contributes to most energy sources, as it is the cheaper option. However, cheap resources lead to even cheaper results. Fossil fuel has and continues to contribute to our current dilemma with climate change and other environmental issues. The same effects as putting over-processed foods in our bodies will happen to our planet. We may be saving money now, but the aftermath is non-refundable.

And, let’s not forget about the products we use in our homes to provide a comfortable lifestyle. The more expensive refrigerator may run our hands deeper into our pockets, but that sales associate at Home Depot should be informing us about all the money we will save on future electric bills.

Celebrities and significant corporations have hopped on the bandwagon to make going green “the cool thing to do,” but unfortunately there isn’t enough of a workforce to make this lifestyle choice a front runner for our society. Manufactures follow the money. For them, what is cheaper to make what results in higher profits.

It’s sad but true; it costs money to prevent pollution and piling more garbage on top of flooding landfills. When someone with a conscience creates a green product, they are promoting the opposite of what we lived by since your parents passed their beliefs on to us. These game changers will use these earth-friendly products that translate to a better value in the long run.

Remember, it’s not about the now, it’s about committing to a better tomorrow.