And then there are people like me. My green tendencies come from a selfish, self-serving place. I am green not because I nestle in the bosom of Mother Earth, but because it makes my life easier. In fact, my green tendencies link to the Seven Deadly Sins
Lust: Nothing is hotter than a man that cleans. Especially when he cleans with simple items that smell good----hot water and tea tree oil work well on countertops, and as a bonus, don't smell like ass.
I also love anything Mrs. Meyers makes or does.
So, the secret to hitting the sheets with me? Clean them first. Bom chicka wah wow! (No, Mrs. Meyers did not pay me for this.)
Gluttony: Food. I'm a fan. And local food is so much better than food shipped from afar. It just is.
Last year, we participated in a CSA (Community Share Agriculture). Every other week (we shared with another family), we got a basket full of organic vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. 'Twas lovely. This year, we're electing to try our own garden, pick fruit at local farms, and visit the farmer's market.
My farmer's market has free wine tasting. This had everything to do with this decision.
If you are interested in looking for local food options, including CSAs, farmer's markets, and co-ops, visit www.localharvest.org
I must add that my brother-in-law just started beekeeping, so we will be getting honey from him as well. The laws of cuteness specify that I must post this picture of my son in a bee suit.
Greed: My genetic disposition as a German Lutheran makes me cheap as hell to begin with. Thankfully, being cheap means that I create less waste. I don't buy anything new. Especially toys. People are always unloading them, and they are usually in great condition. On more than one occasion, I have wrapped up other people's cast-offs and put them under our Christmas tree. The kids don't care. At all.
Visit your local thrift shop or consignment store. Check out freecycle.org or similar sites. No need to buy for the sake of buying. Really.
Plus, that's more money for important things, like pedicures.
Sloth: Most of my green tendencies come from my sloth. A short list:
1) We compost because I don't like driving to the dump all the time. Or walking all the way over to the trash can to throw away my food scraps.
2) I wash everything in cold water because it's impossible for my kids to mess up doing the laundry that way.
3) I use rags and cloths for cleaning, wiping, and everything else instead of paper towels. That way, my kids can wash them for me and I don't have to schlep to the store as often to buy paper towels.
Wrath: Litter makes me angry because---seriously, people? We live minutes from the Chesapeake, in a lovely forest. Why throw your Hardee's leftovers out of your car? To keep from exploding in rage, I have my sons pick up litter for me when we go on walks. I even equip them with bags.
Envy: I am envious, at times, of the lovely homes of
Get to work, kid.
Pride: I do get puffed up on my lazy, selfish greenness at times. I have been known to fish out recyclables from friends' trashcans during playdates, explaining that the items are "for crafts at my kid's school." Liar, Liar pants on fire.
So, in total disclosure, here remains my green bugaboo:
I thought about composting the wipes, but a wise friend asked, "Would you pour bleach into your garden?" Probably not.
So, I need to either spend the money on the fancy Method wipes or find another way. Suggestions? I come to you humbly, one sinner to another.
I must thank the lovely Erin Margolin for inspiring me to share my greenness. Really, I've learned so much from her. More importantly, she is lovely and I will do her bidding. Go check her out, because she has shared so many good ideas about the green life.