Why Being Lazy is Green, and Frugal Too


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I've written before about the environmental benefits of saving money, and my recent manifesto for the lazy gardener questioned the value of a work ethic in the garden. Now Sierra Black—staff writer over at Get Rich Slowly—has a great piece on why laziness is not just green, it's frugal too.Making Do Is Not Lazy
Reciting the age-old frugality motto of use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without, Black recounts how her family has been meaning to fix their shower thermostat for well over a year. While this apparently neglectful approach to home maintenance used to embarrass Black, she says that she is increasingly embracing such slowness as a key part of living more frugally:

Now, I'm not suggesting that frugality is about ignoring regular home maintenance. One of these days, we'll fix the shower. (And probably soon now that I've confessed to the world that it's busted.) What I am suggesting is that frugality is about making choices. Every frugal person focuses on what's important to them, and cuts away the excess to do so. In this case, experience shows that being able to adjust the water temperature in our shower isn't very important to my family. We'd rather spend our weekends playing music and gardening than get into this messy, time-consuming repair project. I could hire a plumber to do it, but I'd rather spend the money on yoga classes or a family camping trip. These fun things might seem like trivial luxuries next to the shower repair, but the truth is they add more to my quality of life than being able to adjust the temperature in my shower.

Frugality as a Synonym for Green Living
While the focus is on frugality and money saving, throughout Black's piece there is a strong parallel with more sustainable living too. From making do with old things, through buying less stuff, to taking the time to understand the things that are most important to you—I suspect you could search every instance of the word "frugality" in Black's article and replace it with "green living" and it would make total sense.

From the Slow Business manifesto on reclaiming our lives through Lloyd's piece on getting recession ready by going green to living simply as an alternative American Dream, there have been plenty of examples on the pages of TreeHugger of how frugality and green living can intersect. As I dive deeper into the pages of Get Rich Slowly, I am delighted to find out that those focused on frugality first—and green second—have already come to the same conclusion.

The fact that they appear to be taking an openly pro-lazivore stance is just icing on the cake as far as I am concerned.

More on Frugality and Green Living
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Living Simply as an Alternative American Dream (Video)
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Tags: Economics | Ethical | Living With Less | United States

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