Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Now that I've posted a list of our changes for a better, greener world....I thought I should come clean (actually, dirty, I suppose) about some things we haven't changed....

So here goes (please be kind...)

  • I still buy paper towels (because the thought of a rag I used to clean the toilet with accidentally getting used for something else grosses me out.  Also we don't have hot water to wash in or a dryer to clean the germs...)  I also use these for patting meat dry.
  • We leave lights on....some accidentally, some on purpose (think motion sensored outdoor light)
  • Some foods I can't buy organic, we don't go without (Puff Pastry, for example...)
  • We leave most of our appliances plugged in (computer, coffee maker, television)
  • Organic wine, beer, and liquors are not a part of our regular consumption.
  • I still love the dollar store, even though I know it's all cheap crap.
  • Sometimes, I run to the store for one thing (not soo bad since I live 1 mile from a store, but still, it adds up.  And I feel guilty.)
  • I still use commercial shampoo, deodorant, and perfumes.
  • Tissues. (I do buy sustainably harvested/replanted forested)
  • Windshield washer fluid-IS there an ecologically sound option?
  • Bacon-I love commercial bacon, and it's in our price range.
  • I buy non-organic pasta and beans mostly.
  • We belong to a gym (Not just any gym, a big, open 24 hours a day with lights on and stereo blaring gym.  We should run and walk outdoors.....)
  • I want a clothes dryer.  Not for everyday use, but so that I have the choice to buy something at the thrift store and wear it the next day.  Also, we miss soft towels.
  • My favorite local deli doesn't carry organic lunch meat.  I still buy lunch meat every week.
  • Imported cheese are our weakness.
  • We keep our house at 65 all the time.  This is mostly for 3 reasons: 1) It's bad for our instruments to get warm and cold all the time 2) I think, with our old furnace, it's less efficient for us to turn it up and down all the time and 3) if it was at any lower, I would not leave the couch all winter and we'd eat TV dinners for 6 months.
  • Soda.  We're both soda addicts.  I try to limit my consumption to 1 a day, but....sometimes I fail.

While that's not all, it's what I think of regularly and would like to change eventually, but right now, it's not really in the cards.   Maybe someday...


  1. I am waaay too lazy to run to the store for one thing. We have a Splendide washer/dryer combo.

    I hear they are very popular in Europe but haven't caught on here. Efficient water use. Can't put in large items, but does very well with small loads.

  2. Thanks for the tip Joanna! I'll look into those!