We have mixed feelings about Earth Month, and we’re especially ambivalent about all the marketing scams that use environmentalism as a ploy to get consumer dollars (earth to odwalla: your plant-based bottles aren’t really helping the environment; they’re just hurting it a little less). But we still think it’s a good occasion to make your habits a little more eco-friendly, so my self-imposed earth month challenges are underway. Unfortunately, I’m not doing too well so far. A trip to the grocery store and several plastic bags, boxes, and containers later, I’m realizing that my success might run up a tab: Ditching plastic requires non-disposable (and non-free) supplies, and so does composting, biking, and even saving water.
I already own a number of things that help me clean up my act — a bike, bike helmet, and a bunch of reusable bags, to name a few. But as the first five days of Earth Month have taught me, there are a few more things that I need to help me get green. Here’s a gallery of the costs I’m running into so far:
NOTE: I haven’t spent the afternoon bargain hunting, so you might be able to find thriftier prices than I have. These are just loose estimates; products may end up costing you more or less than noted in the gallery.