26 Facts About The Color Green For Aspiring Environmentalists

Joan Agie
Oct 11, 2023 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Jan 13, 2022
26 Facts About The Color Green For Aspiring Environmentalists
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Along with yellow, green has been regarded as the color of life across different cultures.

Interestingly, the color green has also been referred to in several literature writings, stating it as a symbol of relaxation, innocence, and nature, depending on the writer's perspective. We can easily describe this restful color as fresh, inexperienced, raw, or even an open door.

These colors are open to interpretation, as each of us sees them from a different lens of life. People often use the phrase seeing green when they can see their path becoming clearer and stairs towards their growth appearing.

Usually, dark green or yellow represents envious emotions, whereas lime green shows someone or something in high energy, something close to nature and happiness.

The History Of The Color Green

Historically it's believed the color green was first discovered and used by the people of ancient Egypt. Then, in later years, the Greeks focused on the creation of artificial colors. Even now, the ancient Egyptian paintings can be viewed to gain knowledge of their concept and use of green. Here are some more historical facts about the color green:

  • Historical Egyptian paintings made the great green face of Osiris. This was mainly because the people of ancient Egypt regarded green as providing protection. They viewed it as a sacred color. Interestingly, this view of the green and the significance attached to it differed across cultures.
  • Around the 15th century, there were painters who signified the devil with the color green in their paintings. As they perceived the color to be attractive, they felt that evil was best dressed in it.
  • Even the hunters of that time wore green as a way of attracting animals. This green dye was soon known as hunter green or forest green.
  • In early modern Europe, artists painted with bright green containing arsenic, however, its use was later stopped because the chemicals caused blindness to many impressionists.
  • Throughout history, people have tried to create non-harmful shades of green, like the ones that we use today.


Comparing Green, Teal, Blue, And Ultramarine

There's always been confusion between the different shades of related colors. This is mostly because the shades all seem so similar to most people. Let's take a look:

  • There are many shades of the color green and it's believed that teal is a mix of primary blue and the color green.
  • Depending on the choice of color, teal can either have both colors in equal proportions or it may have more green or greater amounts of blue.
  • Ultramarine blue can be created by mixing green pigment with lime yellow and adding a touch of violet to the combined mix.
  • Originally, most people assumed ultramarine blue was nothing more than a deep shade of the primary blue.
  • An interesting fun fact about ultramarine blue is it got its name from the ancient traders who had to carry this pigment across the sea.


Green Clothing And Accessories

There are efforts being made on a global level to conserve the environment and shift to more sustainable use of all resources. Here are some interesting facts about green clothing:

  • Most well-known top brands seek buyers who come again and again. They want customers who buy more regularly in order to increase their profit. However, some newly emerging green clothing and accessory brands are focusing on making quality clothes so that they last longer.
  • If certain clothes last longer, the wastage would be lower, and they will spend fewer resources on remaking these clothes.
  • This helps create sustainable trends and fashion which makes you look unique and brings out your individual personality, unlike the fast fashion brands.
  • This effort is very good for the environment and is an absolute delight for those who want pocket-friendly fashion and wish to act as responsible citizens of the world. Thinking about wearing a dyed green belt with boots that are colored green?
  • The traditional green color may even create optical illusions depending on the design we have used it for. It looks like a safe shade of nature and in many cultures is regarded as a good luck charm.
Green color is timeless in terms of its usage in manufacturing of garments and natural products.

The Psychology Of Green

Every color has a connotation attached to it. They make us feel different things at distinct moments. Every shade has a unique feeling attached to it. Let's discover more:

  • Most shades of green are soothing to the human eye. This relaxing color usually feels strongly close to nature and is extremely refreshing.
  • The visible spectrum of green has a short wavelength. There are many things that people associate with the color green.
  • The followers of ancient understanding still believe green to be a symbol of fertility, both for mother earth and all women. Medical products, especially those with ingredients from nature or those meant for military supplies, include some green packaging.
  • We believe that green pigments, whether forest green, bottle green, or seafoam green, are all derived from the traditional color.
  • Some people even have green eyes. The human eye becomes green due to changes in pigmentation at birth. A green human eye is very rare and not seen very often.
  • Apart from green eyes, natural products, and gambling tables, this sacred color is even found on the flags of various nations as well as on traffic signals. The green light in traffic signals is meant for signaling ‘go’. It is also the national color of some cities and countries.
  • We have seen green as natural, calming, and also motivating to many. Although not all shades are liked by everyone. Someone might prefer seafoam green or with a tinge of yellow. This safe color is nature’s way of life.
  • In Gaelic culture, they usually put a green man on most religious buildings as part of their traditions and respect for their Celtic culture. They view it as a symbol of spreading ecological knowingness and awareness in the world.


Measuring The Color Green

There are systems put in place for measuring various colors depending on their visible spectrum and wavelength. How the light falls on the device is recorded for measurement.

  • A distributed spectrum is visible in the device, even though such pigments are not visible in general to naked eyes.
  • There are different systems used by the researchers for measuring green color. Some use tristimulus measurement while others may consider more mathematical methods.
  • Apart from this, there are various color atlases and devices to monitor and understand the chemical and the physical composition of the shades of green that are to be measured. There are different theories that have developed over the years which focus on these aspects.

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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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