Are We Better People Because of Green Products – Not Really

Are We Better People Because of Green Products – Not Really

There is a know assumption that people that are more environmentally friendly, drink from reusable cups, don’t use paper, and buy Hybrid cars, are better, selfless, elite.

However, the research below shows that that’s not necessarily the case. It seems that thinking about green stuff and buying green stuff is different. Simply put, people who buy green products cheat, lie, and steal more than people who don’t! The research state that: “mere exposure to green products and the purchase of them lead to markedly different behavioral consequences. In line with the halo associated with green consumerism, people act more altruistically after mere exposure to green than conventional products. However, people act less altruistically and are more likely to cheat and steal after purchasing green products as opposed to conventional products”.

So much for conventional wisdom.

Do Green Products Make Us Better People

The research can be found in Social Science Research Network and will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science.

Take away junk food from kids in school and watch what happens

If I would ask you what will happen if you take away junk food from kids at school, what do you think the answer will be:

  1. They’ll go insane
  2. They’ll eat more junk at home
  3. They will start hating healthy food
  4. All of the above
  5. They’ll get healthier

I’m sure most people (with kids) will answer (4), I know I would. However the research below shows that the right answer is actually (5) – they will get healthier!. The study co-author Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. said “we found that when you take soda and high-fat snacks out of schools, students did not compensate at home. Instead, they ate better at school and no worse at home”. They also discovered that there were no differences in students’ reported weight concerns. These results support the value of strengthening school nutrition standards to improve student nutrition and provide evidence dispelling concerns that such efforts will have unintended negative consequences.

I have to try this at home!!!

The study cab be found in the December issue of the journal Health Education & Behavior.

The Impact of Removing Snacks of Low Nutritional Value From Middle Schools