Thursday, January 17, 2013

Will I ever live naturally... enough?

Welcome to the January 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Confessions. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about areas of their life where they aren't as "green" as they may want to be.

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I am feeling pretty darn good about my hippie rank these days.

  • I don't purchase paper towels, though I do use napkins we get from occasional fast food - to sop up bacon grease.
  • We only use TP when we run out of Family Cloth, and I have making more on my to do list. The fabric is in the closet.
  • We now live in a place that has free recycling, without even sorting! So I recycle a LOT. I'm recycling more than I ever have.
  • Now that we have a full kitchen, I'm cooking more meals. Less fast food is good for us and good for our budget.
  • I'm looking into starting a compost bin and a container garden - exciting green stuff right there!

So as green as I'm feeling... I know there are places I'm not so green. Reducing is better than recycling, right? I still use some products that are frowned upon - like NesQuik. We're addicted. Sorry. My husband drinks Koolaid. I felt it was a better choice than Mt. Dew, so sue me.

Life is a journey of forever trying to improve ourselves, is it not? I feel like if we stop trying to improve... I don't know what. We get stagnant? We wither and die?

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12 comments:

  1. I just had to read this when I saw the title. Although I do all of the things stated in the top part of your post, I don't call myself a crunchy person just because I fear others would look in my cupboards and see my commercial bath products, the mass quantities of diet coke my husband consumes, plastic cups in the cupboards and non-organic food in the fridge. Oh, and a spare few disgustingly toxic cleaning chemicals under the sink (husband bought them, not me!)
    Trying to hold up to standards is an energy sucker. Congrats on your recycling and your compost bin!

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    1. Well I guess I could have listed a lot more then! lol I have plastic cups in the cupboard, I just figure... they're not disposable! And I've given up on nasty chemical cleaners because the smell always makes me feel ill. I lucked into winning some natural cleaners at the local Great Cloth Diaper Change, but otherwise my favorite cleaner is usually hot water and elbow grease. heh

      I'm sure I've got plenty of other things around here that aren't very crunchy, but especially when I compare myself or talk to my more mainstream friends... and especially when you weigh in family cloth... yeah, I'm totally crunchy! :-D

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  2. You sound like you are doing fantastic, but like you said, we always find ways to improve. There are so many 'green' areas of our lives that it is hard to live completely green unless you go off grid and never go to the store again.

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    1. Precisely! Sometimes I think I'd love to live off the grid, but then I can't imagine living with NO store... but then again; I didn't think we could survive without a microwave, either.

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  3. I wish our town offered free recycling! They make it so dang hard that I can understand why more people here don't do it.

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  4. I agree! I'm constantly taking steps to improve. I know we have a ways to go, but I love how far we have come.

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  5. One step at a time, and more steps forward than backward, right?
    Besides, we love KoolAid: easiest way to dye a batch of wool!

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    1. They used to have an "Invisible" Cherry Koolaid! I've written to them multiple times requesting they start making it again.

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  6. It's all a journey. Nobody can be 100% perfect. I love your comment at the end about how if we don't move forward than we become stagnant, we die. Press onward!

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  7. Life is a journey, and we are all at different places in that journey.

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  8. It sure is a journey. I am on the "scenic route" right now aka I know there is so much I can do but I am not doing it..yet! I would love to compost but I think that is something I will never do because I am AFRAID of centipedes!!!!

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    1. Have I missed some correlation between compost and centipedes? I mean... I've heard of using worms, but... ??

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