While we try to make eco-conscious decisions in our household, we’re definitely not perfectly green. Some things are too inconvenient for us right now, and some things just don’t really fit with our lifestyle.
I previously admitted that we didn’t cloth diaper our daughters. Fortunately they are both out of diapers, so we’re no longer using disposable diapers, but there are other things like that which we don’t do.
For instance, we don’t use family cloth (reusable toilet paper). I don’t think we’ll ever do that unless for some reason there is no longer access to standard toilet paper.
We also do not compost right now. We are renting and don’t plan to stay here long-term, and moving a compost pile is just something I don’t want to do. When we move somewhere more permanent, we’ll definitely compost. Fortunately our rabbit eats a lot of the fruit and vegetable scraps and soon we’ll have chickens to help with that too!
Since we moved to the house we’re in now, we have not been doing our part to recycle either. I feel horrible every time I throw away a recyclable, but in our area they do not offer recycling services. I am thinking about starting a local campaign to try to encourage the local trash service to incorporate recycling into their service.
We also drive an all-wheel drive SUV, not a hybrid or electric vehicle. We have to though since we live on a dirt road in the mountains where it snows during the winter. You couldn’t get down our street during the winter without the right vehicle since it isn’t plowed. We do only have one vehicle so that cuts down on our vehicle’s impact.
We also don’t use all natural and organic fibers in our clothing. While I would love to, it’s just not feasible for us since it’s so much more costly. We do try to wear our clothes for as long as possible and get some second-hand clothes for the girls to reduce waste.
I also use a clothes dryer. While I love the idea of a clothesline, it’s too cold here most of the year for one to work. I would like to hang more clothes to dry during the summer, but it’s not something we do right now.
What “green” changes has your family decided against? Which ones would you like to make that are just too hard to make?
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