To me, this cartoon exemplifies a common happening in today’s society. It is ‘hip’ and ‘trendy’ to be environmentally-friendly. People want to do what they can for the environment- buy ‘green’, using only ‘natural’ products, shopping at Whole Foods. But people allow themselves to be green-washed, and buy products simply because of the environmental friendliness. The reality is that for many of these products, the ‘green’ element is completely fabricated.
People need to start being informed and not simply following what the mass media is feeding to them. Just because an advertisement or label says that you are helping the planet, it doesn’t mean that that is accurate. As said in class and in the reading, “The only green product is the one not purchased”.Instead of buying the green version of products, many people should simply question why they need to buy the product at all. We live in a society of buy, buy, buy. Society portrays that our materialistic ways are more acceptable if they are green purchases that we are making. However, buying these things only makes one marginally more environmentally-friendly. Instead of pushing the ‘green’ lifestyle, it would be far more helpful to cut back on personal consumption and buying. But people don’t want to change their lifestyle, they just want to make the appearance that they are doing their part. Unfortunately, real change is necessary, not simply buying green products.