Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Going green gone wrong....

From AOL:Although the real estate market won't stay slow forever, Milligan sees a future for his business. Southern California is short on water, and Milligan said he could envision using plastic plants and other tools to make landscapes look lush again. "I see an evolution of this business," he told the Times. "It's only a matter of time until people get sick of watering their lawns and ask me to paint them." (Sources: Getty Images, latimes.com)

In the south we have a saying. Bless your heart. Only really two uses and always with the best intention. First way: On hearing of loss, illness or other tragic event. Second way: on hearing you come up with something that we call a bit teched (touched) in the head.

This is about the second. This is green gone wrong. Mind you, I have used the "organic" green landscape colorant for photo shoots, special events. Totally agree it works in these situations, but in day to day living on a residence, plastic plants.  Bless Milligan's heart, this is the wrong answer to long term solutions. It just bugs the mess out of me when people who are supposed to be in a green industry, don't offer green solutions.  He does have a great business for special events and home sales. Areas where short term solutions are needed.

Tired of watering your yard, get rid of grass. Xeriscape.

That's my rant for today, might be more. I'm catching up from a week of news and emails- I see it has been a full moon.

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Anonymous Andrew van der Merwe said...

Blegh, this makes me feel quite green! Well done for criting it. I wonder if these folk did the math on how much water goes into the manufacture of paint?

Staight grass is bad enough, because it is an environmentally sterile monoculture. How fake people are prepared to be always astounds me. Here in Cape Town, South Africa, where we live surrounded by the the most botanically diverse and beautiful biosphere in the world, people in the suburbs are more and more tearing up their grass verges and paving it with bricks or - get this - gravel! And they actually think it looks nice. They even do this to their yards.

In an economic climate where there are millions of poor people and refugees from elswhere in Africa, they prefer to spend years worth of potential wages for an occasional gardener on one big splurge to benefit some well-to-do paving company.

June 7, 2009 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger Alice Hancock said...

I am always amazed at an industry that is supposed to be green, is just the opposite and encourages it. When there are better choices both economically and environmentally that will work. This is to everyone: ASK me first please. Just because your neighbor does it or the local landscape company suggest it is it the best route to take. Especially in SA xeriscaping and water permeable surface should be of prime concern.

June 7, 2009 at 8:19 AM  

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