Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Are You Freaking Kidding Me: HGTV Edition

Dear HGTV,

I love your shows, but I have a bone to pick with you regarding your use of the word “green” in many of your shows. Admittedly, you frequently get “green” right when you’re referring to color, but I think you are often WAY off base when you use the term to refer to an eco-friendly home or lifestyle.

A 3,600 square foot house lived in by two people is not “green”. Pulling out perfectly functional countertops is not “green”, even if you are replacing them with recycled glass countertops. Likewise, replacing carpet that’s in good condition with bamboo floors is not “green”. Those old countertops and carpets are going into a landfill where they will leach their chemical into the earth.

There are more ways to “go green” than simply changing light bulbs and recycling. So why don’t you stop telling us about things we already know about and start talking to us about exterior paint colors, shade and wind blocking trees, using curtains as additional window insulation, and how to live with less in smaller homes. Those are the shows I’m interested in.


The Unintended Housewife


  1. This is an old post, but you are so right about this! I rarely see them do the truly green thing - use what is there, or NOT have a demolition and instead carefully remove the items to donate or sell. Grr.


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