Going green certainly ISN’T an inexpensive choice. If I could only cultivate that money tree in my backyard, I wouldn’t have a reason to complain… however, the tree isn’t doing so well, but my pursuit of “green-ness” continues.
My friend recently asked me to explain the reasons for higher priced organics, eco-products and all of the things that dub themselves ‘green’. I can explain some… for others, there just isn’t an excuse.
Starting with organic foods — Although studies find them to be a healthier choice, the government isn’t supporting that suggestion. Traditional agriculture is subsidized by the government, but organic farming isn’t. (How does that make sense?) … Without a doubt, we definitely need a change there.
So, these small organic farms must first wait years for the land to be cleared of toxins and certified. Then, because they are often smaller operations, the costs of turning out an organic product and getting it to market is “ex-pen-sive”! Add to that, the intensity of compliance with the Department of Agriculture’s standards for certification… and yeah, costly!
When it comes to other green/eco-friendly products, we need to realize that it’s more expensive to assure that everyone involved in the chain uses environmental practices. So yeah, more money. I’ve also heard the law of supply and demand come into play…
Another acceptable reason I’ve heard is that many environmentally-conscious companies donate a portion of their profits to eco-, earth and environmental causes. That, I can still accept.
However, the absolute MOST bothersome reason for higher eco-product prices… retailers. They simply take a higher margin on organic, eco-friendly, green products because they can. THAT really angers me. They take more from consumers, because they CAN? (Example: Retailer sells Windex Window Cleaner for $1.99 per bottle. Retailer sells Method Window Cleaner for $3.29 per bottle. Yes… simply because they can! And we’ll pay!) I say they’re taking advantage of the situation and our desire to buy ‘green’. That is just crappy… and, to me, dishonest and greedy. Shame on them. They need a fierce “timeout!”
Unfortunately there is a cost to being environmentally responsible. I’m sorry we have to bear that burden but, for now, it’s a burden I guess I need to be willing to bear…