Here’s the deal…I’ve been out of the game for the past 4 years. I’m unused to writing for an audience and I’m unused to being green and thrifty anymore. I fell off the wagon hard. I was raised as a conspicuous consumer in the 1980s and it stuck. So, here I am back again, starting over.
I have a composter out in back of the house. I have stopped eating meat, dairy and eggs. My husband is building me a garden box (a big one) so that I can have fresh produce. I bought bamboo toothbrushes (love them!), and reusable produce bags for the market. I am starting where I am and doing what I can. I am also working full time and going to school nights and weekends to be an English teacher. Not a ton of time to make and craft and all of that. I did buy the ingredients for homemade laundry detergent and dishwasher tabs. Once we run out of the store bought, I’ll whip those up. They only take a minute and they work.
Things that aren’t working right now include hanging the laundry. I just don’t have the time. My son is doing some laundry for me and getting him to hang it is an exercise in futility. Also, we tend to do several loads one right after another on the weekend. I only have two racks. Only one load can get hung up at a time. So, dryer it is. We do recycle because there is curbside pickup. If we had to take it to the center, I don’t know that we would. My husband isn’t as onboard with all of this as I am and he would be the one to have to take it. It probably wouldn’t get done.
So, yeah, let’s talk about that. My husband is onboard only so far as it doesn’t inconvenience him too much. He pats me on the head and sends me on my way when it comes to environmentalism. He has agreed to at least try to eat whatever I put in front of him (he’s a naturally adventurous eater), but if he has to go out of his way to do something for the environment or if saving money impacts his ability to do things that he wants, he’s not for it. He’s not a bad guy, he’s just not interested. I know, it’s everyone’s business, but try convincing him of that. My kids are game for whatever as long as they don’t have to eat what I do. So, I do what I can within the confines of what’s acceptable to the family. It’s not as good as if they were all on board, but I am doing what I can.
That’s all any of us can do.