I have been feeling guilty lately because I talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk all the time. I was inspired by Stacie’s post about sustainable toys. Actually, I was reminded that being an liberal hippy environmentalist involved more than bitchin. I have made some good strides in the past year. Although it may be too late to cloth diaper, I have switched to these wonderful cloth menstrual pads and a reusable menstrual cup. I have been using my windows instead of my air conditioner when we can, and we usually have our thermostat set at a balmy 72 degrees. (Remember, we live in Florida, so we really don’t use heat at all). I have been walking sometimes (not enough) when I can drive. We replaced a lot of our light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, and will continue to do so.
I have been shunning Chilean wines (sigh) and grapes and food that is flown in to me as much as I can. This is an area I could use some work. So, speaking of work I could use, here are my Earth Day resolutions:
1. Cut down on paper towel use. Use sponges and rags and towels whenever possible.
2. Keep up with dabbling in natural cleansers. Baking soda and vinegar, not just for science projects anymore.
(Or, as my friend said when she gave her amazing baking soda, Bronner’s soap and tea tree oil paste recipe for cleaning her shower: “Baking soda. Not just for cookies and freebasing.”
3. Cut down on the ziplock bag usage. (*twitch twitch* This one will be hard.)
4. Look into the 100 Mile Diet. I am not going to start it strictly immediately, but I am going to whittle down my flown and driven in food and investigate my local options. Including growing more food. I have had a good start with my veggie garden, but summer is too hot here for most stuff.
5. Walk and bike for errands when I can.