You’ve met the one true love for you and they’re perfect. Except… maybe they’re not as eco-friendly as you, or maybe they’re not into this eco stuff at all. What now?!
Do you spend time looking for a better match? Do you try to green your partner up? It’s complicated.
In the grand scheme of things, you can do worse (WAY worse) than a partner that’s not eco-friendly. Remind yourself that some folks gamble to excess, are violent, or just plain not very considerate. If you’ve found someone who is awesome in all ways other than being eco-friendly, then first and foremost, count yourself lucky.
That said, if you’re planning on spending the rest of your life with said non-eco partner, your living ideals may end up clashing, which can become an issue. If you’re dating someone who is 100% belligerent about green living, or they put down your ideas about eco-living, that’s not cool. Hopefully though, you’re smart enough to be with someone who isn’t like that.
Hopefully the person you’re with just doesn’t know that much about green living or maybe they’d like to become more eco-friendly and they don’t know where to start. That, you can work with!
What you can do about this situation
Make it easy for your partner to get on board:
Buy organic and cook up awesome meals. Get your partner a cool reusable water bottle, some reusable grocery bags or a handy book about going green. Explain the recycling process and why you think you guys should turn off the lights when you leave a room. Do all your eco-tasks and like you normally do and your partner may simply catch on by watching you.
Don’t expect change overnight and don’t harp on your partner about it. I doubt you were born perfectly eco-friendly, so don’t expect that your partner should master this stuff right away. There’s a learning curve for all of us.
Stand your ground:
You should never compromise your own ideals. You don’t need your partner to be eco-friendly for you to be. Keep on keeping on with your eco-life and simply attempt to explain the hows and whys to your partner.
Make going green worth your partner’s time and peek their interest. Sexy organic lingerie and other eco-friendly sex life options can go a long way towards making green living seem like the way to go. Show your partner the fun, sexy and non-boring side of eco-living.
Appreciate the little things:
Small eco-friendly steps add up over time, so let your partner know that you super appreciate how they’re trying to change. Praise can go a long way.
Don’t be a eco-friendly freak:
The number one way to turn anyone off to green living is to be a super annoying tree hugger. By all means, act better than everyone else and continually bitch about your partner’s lack of eco-qualities, but trust me, you’re only going to turn them off to eco-topics and possibly turn them off to you in general.
Read: Green living tip: quit being an annoying tree hugger at Growing a Green Family
Are you marrying someone who is less eco-friendly than you. Or have you dated an anti-eco individuals in the past? What did you do about it? Let me know in the comments.
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