Helping the planet: When being lazy is a good thing

Flickr photo by neon.love

I recently stumbled upon this post by Planet Green on how being lazy can actually make a positive impact on the environment.

Well, what a wake-up call! I was told growing up that being lazy was not an option, but how can Mom and Dad deny me now, when I would be saving the planet?

Realistically, I can’t be lazy; it is not in my nature. However, slowing down and relaxing for a few hours at home with a good book is a much better option for the green life (and my budget!) than driving around in search of something to do.

Whereas the Planet Green post — and mine, too — is a bit tongue-in-cheek, it is still true.

When I eat a hodgepodge of leftovers instead of cooking a full meal, going to the grocery store or out to a restaurant, I am saving on energy, water and trash. When I decide to open the windows, let the breeze in and use the sun as my light source, I am saving energy.

And what about those rotting vegetables in the refrigerator? Well, they would make a great compost!

We really need to take some tips from cats. Morguefile photo by lazy_lobster

I also wait to do laundry, mostly out of laziness and my hatred of dragging the baskets up and down from my car, as I need a laundromat to do the washing. This saves on resources, as I wait for a full load and make one trip instead of multiple every few weeks.

And those dust bunnies won’t kill me, so a little extra dust saves on the electricity I need to vacuum.

My mother is probably horrified by my lack of domestic cleanliness, but I am saving the environment, one lazy moment at a time.

Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University, is a York City dweller and has been vegetarian and geek for more than five years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie

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  1. July 2, 2012

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