With Earth Day approaching (April 22nd), I took this as an opportunity to point out a few things from my favorite TV show, Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” (Got a problem with it? Too bad. Read on).
While having my own marathon last fall, I started noticing some behavioral traits of the characters that made me ask, “Why isn’t iCarly more green?” There was even an episode, entitled “iGo Nuclear”, that even touched on the subject of being eco-friendly! Here are a few points that I wanted to note:
#1 In a numerous amount of episodes, Carly and her friends drink from bottled water. It has been proven that bottled water is unsafe and unnecessary. Tap water has been tested to be just as safe (not to mention that most bottled water ARE from tap!), not to mention you can get tap for FREE! To learn more about bottled water, please visit The Story of Bottled Water.
#2 Another matter about the bottled water situation is of the plastic. It takes a lot of energy to regenerate plastic, and many bottles end up in the landfill instead of the recycling! Using reusable bottles (like the stainless steel brand, SIGG) has become more than just a fad- it’s become more of a lifestyle, which I believe that everyone should participate in. Carly seems to be the kind of trendy girl to me that would carry around a cute & colorful SIGG with her… Let’s hope iCarly recycles those plastic bottles, at least.
#3 Speaking of plastic, in the episode “iMake Sam Girlier”, Spencer and Carly reveal that they choose “plastic” over “paper” in the grocery bag debate. Why, oh, why would you choose plastic? Better yet, how come they don’t use reusable bags, which almost all stores offer now at the checkout line? Now, there are a few things you can do about those plastic bags: reuse & recycle. Stash plastic bags away to reuse them, or iron them down to convert them into vinyl sheets (for your DIY reusable bags or a raincoat- get creative!). Plastic bags are also accepted in recycling.
#4 Okay, this point is definitely out of the ordinary. In “iEngrage Gibby”, Spencer takes home an indoor incinerator to burn all of the apartment residents’ newspapers because of a bad review on his artwork. I just have one thing to say to Spencer: “Can you say ‘carbon monoxide’?” That’s all I have to say here.
At least there are a couple of positive things that iCarly practices:
#1 In “iGo Nuclear”, Carly reveals that she takes the bus. Way to use public transportation! Using local services will reduce smog emissions. Spencer also does the smart thing and uses a motorcycle (which was a gift from Carly, as seen in “iPromote Techfoots”), which is typically more fuel efficient than most cars.
#2 Spencer, being an artist for a living, reuses items to compile in his sculptures (as seen in episodes such as “iChristmas”, where he announces he picks up found objects from the junkyard). The practice of reusing will keep trash out of landfills.
Despite looking at these negative aspects of these little details that appear on the show, it’s still very charming to watch. Just with a few minor changes to these details, I believe that iCarly will have a bigger impact on viewers by having the characters practice sustainability… Then maybe next time Carly and Freddie won’t have to go on the Roots & Berries retreat!