I am a Green Girl Wannabe, an habitual green sinner, no longer looking for redemption, but solutions to help me sin less and less. My attempts to look inside have only succeeded in making more conscious. They have done little to change my natural behaviors. I am thinking of the overwhelming majority of other folks who are just like me, and the immensity of the problem. And I keep going back to the need for external controls.
From now on, for every admission of green sin, I will have a ‘What I need’ comment. Each time, I will imagine and share a type of external control that would help curb this particular behavior. Example in point. Yesterday, I was at Whole Foods, without the green bags again. That’s when it really hit me. On my own, I just can’t do it. I need something more drastic.
What I need : No more rescue with free plastic bags. Whole Foods needs to stop giving away the bags. Instead, they need to make it really inconvenient for me, and ridiculously expensive. They should only offer the green bags, the recyclable bags that cost a dollar each.