Going green just means you living an eco-friendly sustainable life where we can have a win – win outcome for both us.

Humans, and the planet. 

Going green or Eco Living, however you may put it, isn’t hardwork or forcing yourself into doing a nerve-straining task every single day of your life.

In fact, our great forefathers, the early founders of the Earth lived green! – and survived.

Living green is something worth exploring for the rest of our lives and a chance to save our dying planet.

If you are not sure how to go about the “going Green” process, check out our article on 7 Simple but Free Sustainability Tips for Better Eco Living.

Okay, I get the point that as simple as it sounds for one to go green, facing obstacles in the transition phase can’t be ruled off the picture. Of course, that’s what this article is for – helping you overcome those obstacles.

Keep reading!

1. Reluctancy to Changing Routine

Starting up a new routin e while scraping out the old does not only take discipline but also some effort of patience.

Even for me, it’s difficult to say I would keep to a new routine and follow it religiously at the first step. 

For most people, going green means changing the entirety of their habit – that they consider an obstacle.

For that, they occasionally forget to turn off the lights when going for a walk, set up tanks for rainwater harvesting, recycle the trash, etc. 

We understand the fact that routines are not as automatic as habit, they still need a form of effort and awareness when doing them.

But when you routine is now a habit, breaking it usually becomes the start of a problem.

When thinking about starting a habit or breaking one, Charles Duhigg, an American Pulitzer-prize winning reporter and an author explained in his book, The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business, “We know that a habit cannot be eradicated—it must, instead, be replaced.” 

It’s quite understandable that we all  are tied to a certain routine we have going on for years—this makes us creatures of habit.

And having the reluctancy to go green is an expected syndrome.

How to overcome:

Keep in mind that your routine is to save the planet. No matter how insignificant you may think going paperless could be to you, indirectly, you just saved a tree!

Put ‘Go Green!’ posters on walls/boards to remind yourself. Having posters pinned to your career board or pasted on your wall can remind you of your significant service to the Earth.

2. Dealing with the High Cost

Let me play devil’s advocate for a minute.

We all know and have heard people, even energy organisations, scream the need for us to go green.

But the question that still rings through the minds of countless people would be ‘how do we cope with the cost of going green?’

Seriously, if green tech or other green products were cheap enough, what would have possibly held us back from saving mother Earth from dying?—we are not all that bad you know.

In a 2007 Energy Pulse study conducted by the Shelton Group, a leading marketing communications firm focused exclusively on sustainability, environment, clean energy and renewables, it was revealed that between the year 2006 to 2007, the Americans’ enthusiasm for energy-efficient products had drastically reduced.

This points us to the term ‘green fatigue’ which is also caused by cost price.

Shelton Group CEO Suzanne Shelton once made known that, “People are becoming much more inquiring about the bill of green goods being sold to them—not only in terms of ‘is it as green as what they say it is?’ but also ‘does it matter enough to me to pay extra?'”

High cost, from the onset have been a huge obstacle to going green or achieving the desirable eco living most people yearn for.

But in reality, there are people who have gone around this problem without having to whine about it.

Plus there even ways to ‘go green’ area in places you wouldnt ever imagine – including using Amazon as a zero-waste shop.

How to overcome it:

Buy components of green tech or products in installments. Just like you do when you buy products in installments, you can also do the same for green products.

Take part in DIY projects to reduce setup cost. It’s ideal to learn how to DIY to save money that could have been given to a service company.

3. Lack of Appropriate Information

When it comes to going green, people complain of too little information available.

On the other hand, some still complain of too much information available, which doesn’t make any sense or form a complete understanding because they exist in bits and fragments.

I’m sure it looks harder than it seems when staring into different browser tabs of open blogs posts that talk about going green or eco living.

What we see is these blogs being wrapped in the web of confusion (the irony of life) as everyone seems to be coming up with their own version of “going green”.

Though I applaud their efforts.

So if we are suppose to use paper cups and stick to cloth shopping bags just to reduce the amount of plastic in the eco system, doesn’t it still mean that more plants will have to be cut down to make us paper cups and cloth grocery bags?

How to overcome it:

Research from creditable sources. There are thousands of blogs crawling on the web, each with their own concept or idea of what eco living is all about. It’s best you take the words of governing energy organisations.

Pick up ways you can comfortably go green. In all, there are information that may resonate with you. Take those ones that resonates with you and stick to them.

4. Ease of use

This is were most green products fail—usually because it is our fault.

For instance, complaining about your solar water heater not being hot enough may compel us to say that it isn’t efficient.

But then, we forget that solar panels need all the sunlight they can get to work at full capacity.

When you probably live in a country with a cold and cloudy climate.

You still need professional help in setting up most green tech. Geothermal energy systems are just one good example of green tech that need the technical know-how of a professional.

In fact, there are less professionals with the knowledge of setting up geothermal energy systems.

Despite green tech having little to no maintenance costs, once there’s a fault in the system, you only need someone who’s knowledgeable enough to work on it (though we can see that happen in other complicated systems).

How to overcome it:

Research and read guidelines carefully. If you are engaging in a DIY project or you are asking a service company set up green tech for you, read the guidelines carefully to know how it works, and what makes it work.

Know which green products work best in your region. Before going off to buy green products to start your eco-living journey, make a research to know if the green product works effectively in your region.

5. Your Mindset

If there’s an obstacle huge enough to stop you from going green, it’s your mind.

Your mind has the power to affect you in all aspect of life—so mind what you think as it will eventually play out for you.

Vox points out that on an individual levels its usually our own minds that offer the biggest obstacles.

It’s in our mind we accept changes. It’s in our mind we choose to stick to a new routine, choose to learn about a new thing and accept it wholly.

You live out what you believe; what your mind accepts and believes in. 

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality,”

Earl Nightingale

This is one of Earl Nightingale’s quotes that hits my spirit whenever I talk about ‘mindset’.

So, If you see stress, high cost and the less need to go green, it just becomes a major problem for your eco living. If you don’t choose to see the need to go green, you won’t. It’s that simple.

How to overcome it:

Weigh the merits of eco living in the long run. While most people look at what they would face now when going Green, you should look at what it has to offer in the long run.

Educate yourself on sustainable living. The fact that people keep dragging their feet against going green might never be the cost of it or any other obstacle, but they are just myopic about the whole concept.

Takeaways – going green means different things to different people

Who says venturing into a new system of living is easy?

No, it can’t be.

Going green, for most people, is living a new way of life and that’s actually what it is.

You definitely will face challenges when going green—no lie about that.

Businesses certainly have, but have worked on it leading to movements like Corporate Sustainability which you can learn more on in this post.

But that shouldn’t stop you from living green.

Living green is easy and more like an adventure where you garner beautiful experiences.

Don’t let no obstacles stop you.

Now start by leaving a comment saying how you will go green today!

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  • Ben Danor writes on a wide range of genres, including sustainability, improving his environmental impact, and learning new ideas to better himself. In his spare time, he is a lover of music and composition, writing lyrics and composing various songs. He is also a lover of animals. Feel free to follow him on Twitter.


Ben Danor

Ben Danor writes on a wide range of genres, including sustainability, improving his environmental impact, and learning new ideas to better himself. In his spare time, he is a lover of music and composition, writing lyrics and composing various songs. He is also a lover of animals. Feel free to follow him on Twitter.

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