It's hard to be environmentally conscious and eco-sensitive. Have to admit, its just easier to grab a paper towel sometimes. Of course, if there are no paper towels to be found, because you have stopped purchasing them in order to be eco-sensitive, and you have not done the load of laundry with the cleaning towels in it, and someone spills their drink all over the table, or the dog barfs on the floor.... Well, then there is reason to be pissed. Then you use a nice cloth napkin to sop it up. And that is all wrong and irritating. It's when you stop for a moment and think to yourself...Maybe I don't want to save the earth after all. It gets tough sometimes. These are the tests I go through on a daily basis.
Some women are brightly eco-sensitive. They always have clean rags around. They love to tell you about how they always have the clean rags around. Neatly stacked. Finely folded. I am not one of these women.
I'm in transition. I guess. And I'm a little bitter. I'm on the "walk your talk" eco-sensitive path. It's rough to walk that talk! I mean to really do it. It makes me slightly irritated. I miss the paper towels like I used to miss those good-for-nothing boyfriends. If I bought a roll of paper towels, I'd hate myself in the morning. Big time. I've had a few rolls hanging around here and there in the past months. I won't lie. But I've been "dry" for a good month now. Totally dry. Not one roll to be found. Even ask Brad. He knows cause he's pissed about it too.
Let's move on.
I was informed the other day that bleach breaks down to not much more than salt and water in the pipes. So, it's not ALL THAT BAD for the environment. Fish will swim away from bleach, but they would probably swim away from a gallon of Dr. Bronners dumped next to them as well. Even if bleach isn't the almighty devil I thought it was, and negligible in environmental harm, it's still put into bagillions (it's a word, it comes after "trillions") of plastic bottles and shipped all over the place. So, the plastic and the shipping are still issues. So, I still have to make my own natural bleach. Crap.
Walking the talk. Not buying ziplocks.
Walking the talk. Not buying paper towels.
Walking the talk. Making my own cleaning products.
Walking the talk. I'm still buying toilet paper. Yes I am. Don't go there with me.
I'm open to all comments, inspirations, recipes and thoughts on real environmental cleaning. Because, the other day a fellow blogger told me all her hair "broke" because of the no' poo thing. People: if you think I'm breaking my long and hard-earned gorgeous tresses to save a flipping tree...you're probably right. But i'll be really super depressed and probably stop blogging so....tell me your best secrets on being a truly green mama. Someone said you can soak lemons in vinegar for several weeks and it works wonders? Break with the secrets women.
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