Tips on how to make your life more environmentally friendly are everywhere, from reducing your plastic waste to walking or biking rather than taking buses and cars. But some advice on greening your life is more complex than it seems. The supply chains and decisions that lie behind our consumption decisions and habits are often pretty complicated, and what can seem very eco-friendly on the surface can in fact have a bigger environmental footprint than you'd expect.
Of course, any change made for the betterment of the environment is, net-net, a good thing. Just because plastic straws aren't the biggest source of plastic pollution in our oceans doesn't mean that reducing their use won't be beneficial to marine life. But, at the same time, it should be noted that outright straw bans, such as the kind many different municipalities and companies have undertaken, have been criticized for not accommodating the needs of the disabled community. This debate shows that there is more to your daily habits than simply being good for the environment or bad. It pays to do your research, and make conscious choices when it comes to your daily habits. Here are seven habits that may not be as sustainable as they seem.