...easy on the wallet, that is.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that everyone who reads this blog knows me pretty well. Well enough to know that aside from my family, I'm pretty passionate about the environment and being healthy and a whole barrage of liberal causes (war on poverty, anyone? healthcare reform? education reform? anyone?).
Anyway, my desire to be green has only increased since the arrival of baby girl. Not only do I want to do my part to make sure the planet is inhabitable for her, I also want to set a good example for her. I want to live in a manner that being environmentally-friendly will be second nature to her. I don't want her to even think about paper towels or ziploc bags. It's not that easy, though.
There are lots of things that I want to do. Lots. I just can't afford it. (Or I don't know the cheap way around it). Like...I want a rain barrel for the garden. And a compost bin. I just can't find them locally, and I can only find them online for several hundred bucks...plus the oversized freight charges (and doesn't shipping the stuff negate a bit of the purpose?). I want to eat locally grown, pesticide free foods, but it's hard to do, though I know I could do it if I really tried.
Does anyone else feel like they have trouble committing? For instance, to start shopping more locally, we'd have to drive across town to the co-op or the farmer's markets. So, I'm already driving farther to the store. Second, it's crazy expensive. I'm not just talking organic produce and meat here, people. I'm talking about flour and butter and sugar and all the staples. Do I go to the co-op for the fresh stuff and then hit the Kroger for staple items?? I was pseudo-trying that approach for awhile. Sort of. When the new Fresh Market opened, I was going there religiously for produce and meat. Then S got a little older and a little less interested in being hauled in and out of the car for multiple errands. It became easier to just go to the Kroger down the street. The produce isn't as good, but since I'm trying to only buy things in season, it's been okay. I just don't know where to start. So, I'm starting a list. Things I do to be more environmentally friendly, and things I wish I did. Here goes:
Things the P family does to be green:
::homemade baby food
::gardening (with no pesticides or chemicals)
::drive a hybrid (within the speed limit)
::keep the air set to blazing and the heat set to frigid
::wash clothes in cold water
::use our own shopping bags
::recycle like mad people
::buy in bulk
::use reusable containers instead of ziploc bags
Things we don't do, but I wish we did:
::eat locally grown foods only
::use a rain barrel for the garden
::use a clothes line
Things we do that I'm embarrassed to admit:
::still use Kleenex instead of handkerchiefs
::fertilize the lawn
::leave the computer and tv power strips on because we don't want to reset the clocks
::run the dishwasher on hot water
This is likely just the beginning. My brain is too tired right now to keep thinking. Anyone have any brilliant ideas on what we (and all my loyal readers) can do to save the planet? (Besides convincing Al Gore to re-run for president??)
This post is rambling...I'm trying to wrap my own brain around it, so good luck to you making sense of the whole thing. Happy Wednesday.