Who do you think is more inclined to recycle, the Baby Boomers or the Millennials? Despite the assumption that the younger generation is “greener”, they recycle less than the older generation.
Studies show that young people are more knowledgeable about what and how to recycle than the older crowd but lack the time and desire in their busy, tech-savvy, high-paced lives. Even though recycling is continuing to become more common today, the Baby Boomers show a greater effort to recycle.
Is it much of a problem? Just because recycling is not the focus for the younger population, does not mean they lose the title of being the Green Generation.
Millennials are conscious of global warming and sustainability by different means such as reducing usage of electricity or gasoline, purchasing eco-friendly products like hybrids, or switching to alternative energy sources. They are more involved in sustaining the environment by a social means rather than the traditional bureaucratic approach.
Even though the Baby Boomers are superior in recycling, they are less “active” in reducing their carbon footprint overall. Years of harming the Earth have created other consequences that later generations have to clean up: depleted resources, a declining ecosystem, and global warming to name a few.
Can the Millennials who “reduce and reuse” and the Baby Boomers who “recycle” meet in the middle?
Each generation can learn a thing or two from one another.
Instead of viewing the Millennials as Generation “Meh”, who are supposedly lazy and selfish, remember recycling is just part of the answer.
Recycling is as easy as one bin at the front door while reducing and reusing is as simple as walking to work or going paperless.