Yes I am one of those annoying people who is trying to go green. I try really, really hard. I think it's worth it, I don't want my grandchildren to inherit a garbage heap.
What are some of the ways you can go green? I'm sure everyone has heard them all by now but I'm gonna repeat them anyway.
1. Plastic is the devil. Unfortunately I say this to you as I drink my diet green tea out of a plastic bottle. I try to rationalize, it's difficult to recycle glass in Utah so isn't it better to buy plastic and recycle it, than throw glass in the landfill? Probably not.I'm working on it. Anyway, stop buying plastic, stop heating food in the microwave in plastic, stop bringing home plastic bags from the store. Use reusable bags, they irritate the hell out of the cashiers who need to get you through the line in a certain amount of time, so make sure you go through the bitchy lady's line and you will be wearing a secret passive aggressive smile! It's a win/win!
2. Paper products, while not the devil, are certainly not earth friendly. Paper towels, paper plates, paper napkins, toilet paper. Ok, you can't really give up toilet paper but do you want a whole tree to die so you can wipe your ass? Buy recycled as much as possible. The recycled toilet papers are like wiping your girlie bits with sandpaper but if we all buy them and email the company and say " You know, I like being earth friendly and all, but can you be just a little friendlier to my girlie bits? I'll be forever grateful and always buy your paper." It may work. There are lots of paper products that contain a high percentage of "post consumer recycled content" Buy those if you must, better still, use a towel for everything but toilet paper-unless you don't really like your friends anyway.
3. Cleaning products. Do you have any idea what is in those products you are spraying around your children? If you wouldn't rub it on your kids why would you put it anywhere they can touch, crawl over or lick? Vinegar and baking soda will clean most things, yes sometimes it requires a little more scrubbing, but watching the vinegar and baking soda bubble in the toilet makes me happy. Or you can just stop cleaning. That one has my vote and so far it's going well for me.
4. Water conservation. Don't let the water run while you brush your teeth, wash your face, get the kid out of the trash can, etc. Showers instead of baths, and showering with a friend doesn't count as water conservation, no one's that quick!
I will get down from my soap box now and put it in the recycle bin. Now my blog is carbon neutral. I found a website, through another blog, that will plant a tree if I write about going green, thus the little button on my sidebar. You can do it too, and you should.