We’re Number One!

I don’t view green as an absolutist philosophy. There are shades of green, and that’s good. As the first and last word in disposable consumer culture, America has enormous and deep-seated habits that it must change, and all of those changes can’t, won’t and shouldn’t happen overnight.

It’s a process, and those leading the green charge must be encouraging to everyone who is trying to make small, positive changes in their lives and in their lifestyles. We’ll improve as a society over time by being inclusive, not exclusive. After all, everyone can’t afford to install solar panels or hybrid vehicles or LEED-certified this and that all at once. Every little bit helps. And frankly, some of the crunchier, granola-ier stuff puts a lot of people off—such as when Sheryl Crow “joked” (at least, she says she joked in retrospect) that Americans should use only one square of bathroom tissue per restroom visit. Mainstream America was totally not down with that on any level.

Which brings me to peeing in the shower.

According to CBS News, Brazilian environmental group SOS Mata Atlantica (how’s your Portuguese?) is “joking” in its ad campaign that encourages people to reduce toilet flushes by relieving themselves in the shower instead. Reports CBS: “The group says if a household avoids one flush a day, it can save up to 4,380 liters (1,157 gallons) of water annually.” Still… I don’t know. Ew.

That’s just my personal take, though. Judging from one poll I’ve seen, a surprising number of Americans do this already (presumably out of laziness). Now they no longer need to feel shame (if they ever did) and can proudly point to their practice as just another “green thing” they’re doing.

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Now, peeing in the pool? Weak. Weak!!!

Posted by Joe Paone

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