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, January 10, 2012

Blah Blah Paper Towels

So not sure where to start this entry at all.  Let me try and explain, I am not a conspiracy theorist, but that being said "they" are all out to get me.  Well maybe I am being a bit dramatic, but that is what makes for good reading right?  OK OK maybe not in this case.  But anyway, a few months ago I had submitted some of my ideas to a local environmentalist/tv host here in town, just looking for feedback and/or support.  I never received any response from her non profit org about any of my requests/ideas.  Not a big deal, I know and completely understand that I am a small tiny amoeba in a big fishy ocean, but you have to give me an A for effort right.  So anyway I was watching the old boob tube the other night and there was this environmentalist talking about paper towels and it really sounded like she was reading my blog entry on the matter.  What the frick!!  Alright I will deflate my head now, I know that I cannot be to the first person to talk about paper towels and the cost savings if we eliminated their use, but still it was just a little too familiar for me to feel comfortable.  So here is what I will tell myself she liked my work and was referencing my site without actually referencing it.  Hey it works for me.  Anyway though the voices in my head keep things interesting.  But all that being said there was a great site referenced that allows you to look up paper products and see how much  post consumer content they contain and how much chlorine etc., they have, you know for those weak amoebas who still have paper towel rolls up in their kitchen.  I will say though it was mentioned that the average American household goes through a roll of paper towels a week, and I am quite happy to say that we do not meet that criteria,  not even close.  So hey I got that going for me.  OK so here is the site if you are interested  It is a good one and has more than just paper towel information on there.
Also I thought that it was worth mentioning again the amount of power that can be saved by unplugging certain items that you do not use around the clock.  So go ahead unplug that coffee maker, toaster oven with a clock, hair dryer, phone charger (that is not in-use of course) anything that you think may help.  And if you want you can always lower your heat because you can wear a sweater or a blanket.  And if you are somewhere warm and sunny right now then my jealous bitterness should help power your A/C and you can raise the thermostat.  I know these are really old ideas, like not running the water when you brush your teeth, but they help and add up.  Speaking of brushing your teeth, my green challenge for this week is to see how little water you can actually use when brushing your teeth.  It is easier than you think.  Just give it a go.  OK I really feel like I need to stop writing now because I think you all get my point, blah blah paper towels.

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