'Lazy Environmentalist' suggests easy ways to be Earth-friendly

Josh Dorfman, host of green TV show.
Josh Dorfman, host of green TV show.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Easing into being green

"The Lazy Environmentalist"

(Sundance Channel, Tuesdays at 9 p.m.)

Saving the planet just takes so much energy, doesn't it? Not for Josh Dorfman, host of the television show "The Lazy Environmentalist," In the second-season's debut Tuesday on the Sundance Channel, Dorfman challenges Los Angeles interior designer David Brian Sanders to present more green products to his clients. Sanders's attitude at the beginning of the segment: "I do not design for the green client. It just doesn't work for me and my design and my clients, and I'm okay with that." In true slacker parlance, Dorfman responds, "Dude. You gotta step it up."

The show serves as a reminder of how much work environmentalists may have ahead of them if they're going to convert all of society to their ways.

"In interacting with all these people, I've learned that this is going to take decades to really transform our society," Dorfman said in a phone interview. "That is important for the green movement to come to terms with, so that we don't burn out." On the positive side, Dorfman noted that eco-friendly products are becoming less expensive and easier for lazy environmentalists to find.

Also in this week's episode, Dorfman takes on "the lazy campers," a family that enjoys the great outdoors -- as long as they can bring a gas-powered generator to fuel their computer, microwave and DVD player. These campers hate the solar oven, sustainable air mattresses, smaller tent and solar water heater that Dorman presents them with, but confess that the eco-friendly sleeping bags are pretty comfy.

Things will get even more combative next week, when Dorfman tries to take away fashion designer Nony Tochterman's imported silk and replace it with hemp fabric.

-- Rachel Saslow

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