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.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A little dirt don't hurt

So if I have not mentioned this before I am a bit of a clean freak (which used to explain my addiction to paper towels).  But I try to be a green clean freak.  And this is what I have discovered over the last couple of years, I just have to get over myself (trust me, not easy I am a large lump that is sometimes hard to get over hehehe yeah I am here all night folks).  Don't get me wrong I like things clean and I know I always will but I don't have to be a fanatic anymore.  Here is the example I am using today.  Towels.  No not paper towels, don't worry I will not bore you with that anymore (and by you I mean me :) ).  I am talking about bath towels.  No need to wash after every use.  Get over yourself people.  I recently read an article that said if it is only you using the towel you can go a whole week without washing it.  If you share towels with roommates or other people in the house you do have to wash a little more often.  So here is a thought, shell out a few bucks get your own towel and reduce your laundry and omg you will save on water and detergent and energy and lalala you are doing your part to save the world and then you can skip to work holding hands and singing.  OK that may be a bit of a stretch but you know it does help.  And even more than reducing how many times you wash your towels is how many times you wash yourself.  Water ain't cheap folks, and it is limited.  So if you don't stink too bad maybe hold off on the shower, and bam you just saved more water and energy and stretched out that load of laundry even more.  There was another article I read that said how many gallons of water an individual American used compared to the average African family and let me just tell you (even though I do not remember exact numbers) the difference was disgusting.  If you live in the US just go through your day and count the number of times you use and encounter water, it is a lot.  Flushing the toilet, getting a drink, taking a shower, watering plants, washing hands, cooking.  Water is just always there, but not for everyone.  I mean even in the US southwest water is running out.  So then just think about people that have to walk miles just to get some water for their families to use for the day.  It helps me realize I am not that stinky (no comments from people with noses) and I do not have to wash that towel after every use.  Because I can get over myself.  I sort of have to if I want to do my part and dare I say it, SAVE THE WORLD.  Have a good one all, and if you have a water tap anywhere in your house be so thankful and turn in off.

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