When it comes to committing to an eco-conscious lifestyle, it feels like there’s no room for laziness. Everything must be considered, from how you dispose of trash, to the reusable container that protects the lunch you take to work. It’s hard enough to remember your reusable tote bags when going to the store, let alone additional pouches for fruit and vegetables.
Recently, The New York Times reported on the burgeoning eco-concierge service industry, where assistants do everything from recommend vegan clothing lines to stock your fridge with ethically-produced groceries. “The problem with going green is that people think it takes so much work, so much effort, so much conscious decision-making,” said Letitia Burrell, president of Eco-Concierge NYC, where memberships cost anywhere from $175 a month to $3,500 a year. We’re all busy people, but an eco-concierge seems to send out a terrible message: being good to the environment is a luxury.
In some ways, I can relate to the need for a coach, whatever the cost. An eco-concierge isn’t much different from a personal trainer — some of us need to be held accountable by another human being to manifest meaningful changes in our lives. But just like the rapid deflation of my biceps the moment I stop seeing a trainer, an eco-concierge doesn’t guarantee you’ll sustain such green practices long after you discontinue their services. While pumping iron at the gym will always be a conscious choice, there is room for a future in which being friendly to the environment is second nature, requiring little to no thought. Until then, hopefully we’ll be able to strike a balance. How do we make going green an approachable, accessible act?