A California Mom's Confessions, The Eco Friendly and Unfriendly
by Wendy Buck
(CA, United States)
I am not so proud of my efforts toward ecological preservation but I am willing to do more over time.
Ok, so here is the truth. I would love to tell you that I am the most responsible, eco minded person that I know but the truth is that I am not. While I have not gone to the extremes that, I am sure, others have gone to, I have defiantly caused my share of harm to the earth.
I do use disposable diapers and I use plastic shopping bags, rather than those eco friendly reusable bags made from hemp fibers.
I am a mother of three young boys and am on the go almost every minute I am awake.
I make the excuse that I do not have the money to purchase the number of reusable grocery bags that I would need to purchase the amount of groceries that I purchase on a weekly basis.
I also use the excuse that I do not have time to wash out cloth diapers that my two year old baby uses...
Yes, I admit it...These are just excuses!
The fact is that being eco conscious is not something I was raised to do. This seems to have a BIG impact on how I see the environment. My parents didn't recycle. They threw their plastics and newspapers out with the other garbage. Getting my life to begin functioning in a better way is something that takes a lot of work for me.
I have begun recycling my plastics and have always been against any type of littering. I have a plastic (not metal) cup that I keep at work so I can drink water from it daily and not buy plastic bottles of water. That seems to be a habit of some of my co-workers.
I really should do more and maybe as time passes I can incorporate some new ideas into my life. I love the idea of ordering those special lady-bugs for a chemical free pest control strategy to gardening. I saw it on the Eco Gardening page. I may try that!
I do not run the water while I brush my teeth in the morning and at night and I am constantly going through my house turning off lights and televisions behind my children to try to save energy. I really make small efforts to improve the world. I know that gathering resources to produce more and more energy is destructive.
I am a mother of three boys and would like to have the world in good condition for their children and grandchildren. This should be enough of a motivator, don't you think?