One of the ideas we’re trying to weave throughout this series is this: you don’t have to be perfect. I had a long conversation last night with a marine biologist in Hawaii for the plastics story, and he felt strongly that parents are too hard on themselves — and on each other — when it comes to being green.

“Even the smallest of things that a parent can do has the potential to have an impact later in their children’s lives,” he said. “Everything they can do will have a long-term effect. Ninety percent is awareness and putting the effort in, and the rest will come.”

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Struck me as quite soothing. Parents, if you’re out there reading this, do you feel pressure to be eco-perfect? Where does that pressure come from, and how do you handle it?

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