8 Awkward Things You Might Do If You've Truly Gone Green

Look, I am all about going way out of my way to save the planet. But where would we be if we couldn't see our own ridiculousness? Here's some examples of the respectable, well-intentioned, and at least slightly amusing things that my fellow treehuggers and I do regularly. You know you've become an environmentalist if...

1) You hoard recyclables until you can find the proper place to dispose of them.

Because like this pug, you know where they could end up otherwise.



2) You carry so many reusable bags with you that you've become a bag lady. Or bag man. Or bag person.

That way, you can at least have a clear conscience during checkout.


3) You'll sit in near (or total) darkness just to save a bit more electricity.

Kind of like these cats, apparently:



4) You make huge leaps in conversations just so you can talk about environmental issues.

You're all: "35 centerpieces? Speaking of 35, did you know that Keystone XL will only create 35 permanent jobs?" And ideally, your friends are appropriately outraged by these facts:



5) You're so determined to ride your bike (or walk) places that you regularly arrive at your destination drenched in sweat.

You're riding along all cool and collected:


But somehow when you get there, you're all:


6) You're well-versed in the ethical quandaries of foods your friends have never heard of.

Because as much as you want to eat quinoa all the time...

...you know that some sources say rising international demand could be harmful to South American farmers and their farmland.



7) Your gut instinct when someone hands you bottled water is to run away.

It would be polite to just take it, but you know the costs of bottled water are too darn high. So this happens:


8) And finally, your interactions with nature are starting to scare people.

I'm all about loving trees, but maybe try to steer clear of this:

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Putting your pet in cargo during a flight isn't always safe. In 2016, the Department of Transportation reported a total of 26 pet deaths and 22 injuries on flights. Because conditions in cargo can be uncomfortable for animals, the Humane Society recommends taking your pet aboard when you fly, or just leaving it at home.

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