There’s a good reason why Mother Nature was named Mother Nature and not Father Nature. The fact is that as a species, women tend to be much more nurturing, caring, and aware of their environment. Most women seem naturally equipped to take care of and nurture their newborn and the nurturing sentiment seems to be a huge factor in determining whether or not females are truly greener than males. Of course, other factors come into play as well. While there is no study data to point to, the evidence points to women as being the greener of the species.
Green Shopping And Trend Following
For one, women are more than likely to purchase products that are designed to be greener and much more environmentally friendly. Females are much more receptive to new products as well as market fads. Advertisements for green cleaning products, baby products, and others all tend to target women more than they do males. Rarely will you see a commercial advertising a new green household cleaning product that is geared towards men. Studies have shown that women control a good percentage, 85% to be exact, of the purchases made in a household. Since women are the main influence when looking at what products are purchased and which ones aren’t, it’s no surprise that women are more than likely to purchase a new, greener product that is proven not only to be healthier for the environment but for one’s own family. A product that advertises itself as being healthy for the environment and therefore healthy for future generations is sure to strike a heartstring in many women.
V-12 Truck Or A V-4 Sedan?
When considering the male species, one that is supposed to be tough, strong, and hard-willed by nature, rarely do we picture the stereotypical man as one who drives a cutesy little 4-cylinder car. Instead, most men seem to have a fascination with roaring trucks and SUVs that are full of power and monstrous in scale. “I think men tend to drive cars that are not as environmentally friendly. We like our big trucks and SUVs,” explained Dr. Mark Weiser, a dentist practicing in the Los Angeles area who also happens to be a truck owner. “I love my truck. It holds all my large surfboards and other sporting equipment that I carry around with me. An alternative idea,” Dr. Weiser concedes, “would be to purchase an environmentally friendly small car for commuting as it just makes more sense not only for our planet but functionally to better maneuver around.”
However, with power comes more exhaust and fumes along with the need to fill-up multiple times a week. In the end, trucks and SUVs aren’t meant to be green and the day they become entirely green is the day that they aren’t too appealing as the muscle aspect is likely to be greatly reduced. But to be fair, automotive companies such as GM, Jeep, and Ford, all of which have male CEOS, are all working towards manufacturing trucks and SUVs that are more fuel efficient.
Aside from looking at the types of cars that men are more likely to buy and drive, studies have shown that overall, women tend to drive and fly less therefore the male species more than likely utilizes more fuel and accounts for the harmful exhaust wastes that enter the air on a minute-by-minute basis, creating smog that can damage the ozone layer.
Habits – Harder to Break But Even Harder to Make Green
We all have certain habits. Some of us tend to splurge on certain foods, some of us smoke, others tend to fall asleep late at night with the television on along with every light in the room. When it comes to observing certain habits of both men and women, habits that are usually tied back to the male species tend to be a little less green. For instance, consider the “mid-stream flush”.
If you’re a woman you may be unaware, but when men use public restrooms that feature urinals, some men flush not once, but twice. These men feel it is necessary for some reason to flush mid-stream and then to flush again once said stream has run dry. As we all know, flushing more than necessary surely doesn’t fit the green way of living, wasting water.
Of course, we can’t generalize and say that no men are changing their habits and taking efforts to be more environmentally friendly. According to Dr. Weiser, he too has taken steps to become a bit more environmentally friendly in his daily life. “At our office we use biodegradeable paper products. We also use amalgam separators. This is important because we are not allowing mercury from fillings into our water systems. We also avoid using dental materials or office products that contain hazardous materials such as bisphenol,” explained Dr. Weiser.
In the end, women are much more likely to live a greener lifestyle than their male counterparts, making the effort to “Go green,” a predominantly feminine move, which may explain something in itself. Rarely does a man want to appear or act more feminine.
Ashley Page writes for Off-Topic Media. Dr. Mark Weiser practices dentistry at his office in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. He focuses a lot of his time on treating sleep apnea. He can be reached at:
Mark T Weiser DDS
2080 Century Park East, Suite 1601
Los Angeles, CA 90067