Going green can be costly

Many of us can agree that being an eco-friendly individual is ideal, right? I mean… society tells us that it’s something that everyone should try to strive for, and in theory it seems like the perfect solution for all of our eco-unfriendly problems. However, I kind of feel like this is easier said than done.

Going green requires you to buy all kinds of new home appliances and use resources that cost a lot of money. If you’re “balling and shot calling,” this probably isn’t a big issue for you. However, if you constitute the rest of us out here who are just trying to make it, going green represents another dent in your wallet that you probably aren’t trying to deal with.

In the Bahamas there is a 45-acre Island by the name of Little Hall’s Pond Cay. Everything on this island is run by solar hydrogen power, and it presents a lifestyle centered around sustainability.

This island belongs to none other than, Johnny Depp…yes you read right, the entire island.

Because he is a millionaire, he has the financial resources to buy:


• Solar Panels: $200-$6,000

• Solar Hydrogen Power: $100,000+

• Non-toxic Paint: $10-$30

• Organic bed sheets: $25-$100

• An entire island: $30,000+

However, not everyone has the money to maintain that type of eco-friendly lifestyle. It would seem to me that if companies wanted people to be more conscious of the environment, they would make the resources to do so more attainable by everyone. It almost seems like another way of  separating people into some sort of financial caste system.

It’s clear by the prices of eco-friendly materials that the lifestyle is kind of aimed at a more high-brow section of society, so what does that leave the rest of us to do, but to continue in our eco-unfriendly ways?

It’s hard to create an effective movement like “going green” when much of the population is unable to participate in it fully due to financial reasons. I think if it were more affordable, then more people would be more likely to take the steps to be more environmentally conscious.

However until that happens, there are still some small expensive ways that you can make a difference, according to the Huffington Post:

• Turn off the lights when you’re not using them

• Go Thrifting and reuse old clothes for other household duties

• Eat at home instead of eating out

• Recycle

• Walk places instead of using a car