This blog was started, and is intended to illustrate that environmentalism happens through small acts, is not difficult, and that it does not always have to be some big life changing event that forces you to live in the tree tops with no electricity. All that being said, one of my small acts was to start this blog to gain some friends to help me save the world.

Monday, June 27, 2011

I'm Back

Alright so it appears that I have been away from the blog for a few days, and that has why all the world news has stopped and most peoples lives have come to a complete standstill .  OK so that may be a slight exaggeration, but let me have my fantasies.  My delusional imaginary world is what keeps me going.
Anyway so while I have been away I have been mulling over my  latest challenge idea for myself.  And really it came to me during my no trash challenge, that is when I discovered that I am addicted to...dun dun dun... paper towels.  OMG what is wrong with me.  I mean here I am preaching and blah blah blahing all day about saving the planet while I am using paper towels like they are going out of style.  No excuse right.  I mean I do have towels and dish clothes etc. that I use.  But for those pesky spills that I do not want to dirty a towel too much I seem to fall prey to the lure of pushy paper towels.  I really do believe that if I stopped using them I could cut my garbage output down even more than I already have.
So lets break this situation down.  Similar to most other world saving techniques that I have talked about, this one is in the kitchen and based on around easy (and cheap or free) ways to cut back.  I have towels, I have dish cloths, I have cloth napkins.  So why am  I being so lazy.  I see no  need to use these paper towels, yet I do.  Now lets not get crazy with this challenge here.  I am not sure that I will be able to do this cold turkey.  And yes we will still use toilet paper in the house (don't see that going any time soon) so lets not get too crazy, paper products will still be used.  But my goal for the week is to use no more than 2 paper towels a day for the first 3 days and then down to one the next 3 days and then...  And hopefully if I can start cutting my paper towel usage down in my house so much that I can eventually cut them out of my life forever.  Who thought that saving the world would also help save my purse.  (One little hiccup in my plan would be public restrooms with no hand dryers, so anyone with suggestions in this area let me know).
What we (and by we I mean me) have to remember is that every one of our daily actions affects a million different beings in many different ways (not always humans and unfortunately not always positive).  So lets try to make our actions positive.  And hopefully one day soon we will see how our positive actions are helping instead of destroying.  We have to continue to be smart and always be thinking of how we affect our planet.  We cannot be pulled into buying all the shiny pretty things on TV and not be fooled by the big companies that are targeting the unassuming consumer.  We are smarter than that and we are smarter than those big companies.  Disposable is not always better.  Honestly I am a clean freak and don't like dirt,  but  I do not think that disposable hand towels and paper towels make my house cleaner, just much more wasteful.   But if you start using those towels you have at home more, just think of the power shift we could potentially create.  All of a sudden those companies that sell us stuff we don't need (and think we work for them) will see who really works for who.  We should be telling them what we need and not the other way around.  So anyway there is my tangent for the day.  I am trying tot break free of my paper towel controlled world, I think I can do it.  As always if there is anyone out there that wants to join me please feel free and let me know how you do.  And if there are people out there with more ideas, let those flow too.
Have a super terrific paper towel free day.

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