How to Keep Your Cool With Eco-Offenders

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Your neighbor is watering his sidewalk again. For many people, poorly aimed lawn sprinklers are environmental pet peeve. Drought shaming has become a popular pastime in California after the many restrictions and written notices failed occur water usage amongst residents during a prolonged drought.

Snitching has become an outlet for frustrated citizens. Photos have appeared of sprinkler gushes, people washing cars and with a hash tag of#droughtshaming. High profile celebrities have been included. You can shame the Kardashians online but it's another thing to approach your friends or family or neighbors.

How do you tell someone to stop idling their car without inducing road rage?

  1. Idle cars - your neighbors are packing for a camping trip why their car rumbles in the driveway. Many people do not understand that idling is not fuel-efficient and 10 seconds burns more fuel and releases more CO2 than it takes to restart the car. Approach your local idler with" have you seen the prices at the pump?" Mention that if you reduce your idling by 10 minutes a day you'll save 8.9 gallons of gas a year.
  2. Mailbox full - your friend subscribes to so many store flyers they get more junk mail than actual mail. Suggest that the avid coupon clipper switch to online offers that they can scan from their smart phone. Check out Discounts from Groupon and other daily deal sites. Post a No Flyers note in your mailbox.
  3. Cold conspiracy - the dead of summer and you're shivering at your desk. Cold cubicles besides wasting money on electricity deplete human power. There are psychological and physical tolls to working in the cold. People make more mistakes and can focus less colder temperatures and work harder and are more engaged when temperatures are comfortable. Tell your boss that employees would take fewer sick days if your office was a few degrees warmer.
  4. Plastic Baggage - single-use plastic bags are a plague on the planet. They take huge amounts of energy to manufacture and they do not biodegrade. Just the opposite they break down into toxins and many end up in the oceans and waterways threatening see life. Your dear friend has a bottomless drawer full of them and no plans to stop using the eco-culprits. You yourself have probably accumulated more than enough eco-friendly cloth bags. Bring a few extra next time you visit them and say I brought you the stylish canvas tote and now you won't have to pay for any plastic bag. If that approach doesn't work slyly put the tote in the trunk of their car for their next grocery run. Try not to get into a heated argument with your friend, as it's not worth it.