It is easier to be green in Humboldt County than it is to be green in a suburban metro area, so sometimes I struggle with how not green my lifestyle is. But I've come to the point where I'm content to do what I'm able to do, and to save the big things (e.g. a grey water system, a compost heap, solar panels) for another season of my life.
One of the ways I work towards sustainability is by using less than the "recommended" amount of products. Like dishwasher soap. You don't need to fill the whole soap compartment to get the dishes clean. And you can use less water to rinse them if you use less soap.
Recycle. Reduce. Reuse.
Cutting up the green scrubbie also saves me money. Instead of getting two scrubbies, I get eight! And instead of throwing away one giant scrubbie every couple of weeks, I'm only adding a big scrubbie's worth to the landfill every four to eight weeks.
... oh dear, when I say it like that is sounds like a lot. But it is less than it could be, and for now that is what I can do. Maybe, when I have a compost pile I can find scrubbies that are compostable! That would be great.
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