To me, “green living” ideally springs out of a reverence for the earth and respect for all its inhabitants. These are not prevailing principles in this modern age and indeed, the growing emphasis on green behaviors is at present more of a defensive position rather than an affirmative philosophy. Right now, it’s about “giving up things” in order to slow or halt the destruction of our environment. We struggle with what we perceive as reductions in our lifestyles and with budget issues (since many green products are more expensive than non-green counterparts). We’re operating from a sense of loss, but at least there is now widening recognition that we can’t go on indefinitely damaging our environment and absorbing toxins from every direction.