Tuesday, April 22, 2008

It's not easy being green...

Seriously...what MORE must I DO!!!! It seems like every day I add some new thing to my day to try to SAVE the PLANET. I have been beaten into a guilty submission...I think it helps that I am a naturally easy to guilt person. I have a home full of halogen light bulbs. I turn off lights and TV's everywhere I go. We keep the heat at 62 degrees in the winter (don't like it, wear a sweater!) and 76 in the summer. I switched to cloth diapers even though my youngest was nearly 2! I hadn't realized the impact I was making and I refused to make it ANY longer. I switched to organic milk, eggs that are from cage free veg fed farms. I try to buy fruits and veggies from local (I try for within 150 miles of where I live) farms. This last one is easy when you live in California the LAND of MILK and HONEY! Where you can get tomatoes nearly year round...But it will be tough when we get to detroit. I am going to have to learn how to cook with turnips I think...I also try to buy second hand first, use reusable bags, and try to NEVER BUY FROM CHINA. Or Walmart.

In any case. The point is not to toot my green horn. The POINT is this, WHAT MORE MUST I DO??? I am reading this new Green magazine put out by national geographic, and watching the Human Foot print (to be candid, I really made it through the first 15 min...ok 5 min before I had to turn it off cause I was so guilt ridden!) and I don't know if I can make the next steps people.
In order of maybe can do to LEAST appealing way to save the EARTH...
- Switch to Pthalate free Eco-friendly cosmetics, cleaners, and body/hair cleansers.
This one isn't so bad, I just really like the cheapo stuff I use, and shelling out the extra cash would be tough...Also they are tough to find sometimes!!
- Switch to BPA free plastics or glass.
Again, this is less of a huge hassle, and more of a financial issue. I have a good friend who is willing to sell me her glass bottles for baby number 3. Which will be really nice. And I guess when we move I will just sell the stuff I have a buy new better for us stuff when we get to detroit.
- Buy Eco friendly clothes
I half keep up with this by buying mostly second hand, but when I buy first hand...I have a hard time shelling out the cash for organic, re-purposed clothing and shoes.
- Become a VEGITARIAN!!!
WTH. No. No way. I can't. I love meat!! They are saying if you want to help save the PLANET the best move is to not eat MEAT! Particularly red meat. Which is fine cause I eat very little red meat. BUT this also includes products that come from cows, milk, cheese (PLEASE GOD!!! NOT CHEESE!!!) yogurt, the LIST GOES ON...Now every time I eat a piece of meat, I feel like I am eating a bit of the EARTHS heart!! EATING my CHILDRENS future EARTH AWAY!!!

Ok...this has all become very dramatic. I draw the line. I DRAW IT!!! I will not stop eating meat and DAIRY. But...I will try to buy meat that is from organic as close to local sources as possible. THERE HAPPY!!?? Who am I talking to?? THE EARTH??? I wish I could just live on a self sufficient farm.


  1. Awww you are doing a great job saving a piece of the earth for your decendants!

    Thanks for trying to help me name my baby. What are you going to name yours?

  2. Heck if I know...I am hoping Hudson for a boy...as for a girl, all my favs have been veto'd!! I am making him come up with the next ideas.