CONFESSIONS OF A HYPOCRITE
Driving home this evening listening to the radio, I heard Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke, admit to being a hypocrite when it comes to climate change. My first thought was, “So am I”.
You see, on the one hand, I drive a 4×4 (there, I said it!), I fly regularly to long haul destinations, I eat meat, beef included, I don’t always manage to buy plastic-free and I am definitely guilty of buying an outfit and wearing it once. And surely as a small business owner whose purpose for existing is to help businesses reduce their environmental impact, that makes me the ultimate hypocrite. Doesn’t it?
But on the other hand, I have chosen an energy provider that supplies 100% renewable energy and 100% carbon offset gas, I’m working to make my home more energy and water efficient, I have done a complete overhaul on my beauty products to reduce plastic & use sustainably sourced ingredients, I’m working hard to reduce waste (food waste is not so much an issue with a Labrador in the house!), I eat veggie meals between 3 & 5 times a week, I regularly use public transport or walk which means my average driving miles a year are only around 4k, I make it a priority to shop local and I have committed to never buying single use plastic drinks bottles or coffee cups (yep, that means if I’ve forgotten my reusable, I either drink in or go without).
I am definitely not perfect, but the reality is that none of us are. Isn’t it time we stopped shaming each other for the things we are doing imperfectly and start sharing the good to encourage other? Surely, the last thing we want to be doing is alienating those who are just beginning their journey, whatever that looks like.
So, if you want the advice of a self-confessed hypocrite, start small and keep working to be better. If we all commit to that, the impact could be immense.