There’s no denying it. I am a bit OCD when it comes to cleaning. My husband thinks I’m slowly turning our 2 year old into Howard Hughes. He witnesses our son regularly picking up the smallest particles from the floor to give to me to throw away. So, here is my eco-confession: I do a lot of laundry. Fortunately, we have a high efficiency washing machine, so it uses less water and about 50%-80% less energy than traditional washing machines. But, I don’t line dry. I use the dryer. And I have been using it often.
I’ve been using rags in lieu of paper towels for the past 2 months and they need to be washed and dried. I also started early potty training with my toddler and use cotton training pants and some all-in ones, eliminating a few disposables each day. (Oops – another eco-confession.) These require washing and drying instead of sending them to the landfill with my sinful disposables.
We live within a Home Owner’s Association and they don’t allow clothes lines. So, even if I wanted one, I couldn’t use one. But, I have to admit I would be worried about bird poop on our clothes! (Maybe, my husband has a good point, after all.)
So, I’ve decided that you make the best choices with what you know at the time and it takes time to find alternatives and implement them into your life. It certainly doesn’t happen over night. Although, the choices I made to use reusable products require more washing and drying, they are a more sustainable choice than paper towels and disposable diapers.
So, take an honest look at your eco-friendliness – sans guilt – and choose an area where you can make a change. No judging yourself. You can’t do it all at once. But, even one change in your life can impact the planet in a positive way.
So, what’s your eco-confession? I would love to hear from you!