It was the first time I hosted a party and used real plates and silverware.
“That wasn’t so bad,” I said after I filled the dishwasher. “Just another green baby step.”
“Do you really think you only do baby steps??” questioned my sister.
“What do you mean?”
“You’re probably the crunchiest person we know. We’re just soggy,” chimed in my brother-in-law.
That conversation happened almost a year ago, but it stuck with me. Am I giving off a perfectly green image? Am I being honest about how green I really am?
There certainly are many ways that I strive to be green, but it isn’t always easy. There are some things that I don’t do because of cost, time, ignorance, local access, and even laziness.
But that is ok!!
Today I’m revealing the “soggy” in me. It is time to let go of that not-green-enough guilt!
20 Green Things I Don’t Do (#1-10)
- Remember to use my Cloth Grocery Bags – I have gotten much better at this, but I do not remember all of the time. Plus when I realize that I’ve forgotten them, I don’t turn back to get them unless I haven’t left the house yet.
- Take Short Showers – In general, I’m not that great at “saving water.” This is especially true with my long hot showers. Sometimes it just feels too good to turn the water off!
- Use Glass for Food Storage – I only have a handful of very small glass containers, but a whole drawer full of plastic ones. In my defense, I have asked for a glass storage set for Christmas 2 years in a row.
- Use 100% Green Bath & Beauty Products – All of Grace’s products are green; toothpaste, body wash, and even her diaper rash cream. Mine are not. I have a hard time with the price. Today I received an order from Vitacost.com with some new organic products for me to try. Maybe there is hope! (If you are new to Vitacost you can get a $10 off coupon here.)
- Unplug Unused Appliances/Electronics – Even when you aren’t using your TV it is consuming energy. Some people swear by unplugging anything that you aren’t using to save money and electricity. I am not one of those people. I’m too lazy.
- Do Paperless Billing – I know I should do this, but paying the bills is already a pain. I don’t want to learn how to do something new.
- Eat 100% Organic – I would love to only buy organic, but the cost is too high for some things and my access is limited. My local grocery store doesn’t have a very good selection of organic items. Currently I’m not willing to give up the convenience of my store in order to eat more organic foods.
- Compost – Growing up we would throw a lot of things into the field behind my house. Now that I live in town it all goes into the trash.
- Bike/Walk Everywhere – I live in an area that makes it possible for me to walk Grace to the park, to pick up my prescriptions or take-out food, or to stop at the post office. Sometimes I walk. Usually I drive. I never bike.
- Drive a Hybrid – And when I’m driving Grace to the only-a-few-blocks-away park, it is not in a hybrid car.
Next week I’ll share with you 10 more green things that I don’t do. UPDATE: Read Part 2 here!
Anything on my list surprise you? How does your level of crunchy compare?
This post is being linked to Your Green Resource because sometimes green folks need to be released from that not-green-enough guilt!
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