I love things. Being able to hold something in my hands or swipe my credit card to purchase said item always gives me a little high. Am I a shopaholic? That depends on who you ask, but generally I'm fairly good with my money.
Once I started thinking about going "greener" or cutting out my plastic consumption the first thing I wanted to do though was "buy, Buy, BUY!". Now that I'm cutting down my plastic wouldn't it be great to invest in a ceramic soup mug to eat my ramen in? How about buying a new set up utensils to leave at work so I'm not using plastic? I'm running out of toothpaste, wouldn't the new LUSH tooth-y tabs help with my plastic consumption?
I am constantly surrounded by gadgets and items that would help me "go green", but do I really need them? I had this same eco-kick once I arrived back from the Philippines in 2008, but did the things I do then create a lasting habit? My klean kanteen still sits on a shelf since I prefer my clear plastic water bottles. The recycled paper Christmas cards I send out every year? More than likely trashed.
My goal is to evaluate the things I want to buy and see if I really need them. If I do and they would help with my plastic consumption, great! If not, we will see.