This past weekend I actually recognized how far I’ve come in my pursuit of greening my daily life. Without even realizing it, I made decisions that I recognized have become automatic rather than a conscious decision. I’m not sure what made me take special notice of how far I’ve come in the past few years, but I realized “you’ve come a long way, baby!”…
- I shopped organic, big time. I avoided high fructose corn syrup, excess sugar and hydrogenated oils, and skipped the frozen food aisle entirely. I used reusable shopping bags and reusable mesh produce bags too!
- I had to buy cups for an event at our daughter’s school. I bought paper cups. I would have preferred something reusable, but I needed about 75 and couldn’t round up that much… but plastic or styrofoam were never a consideration!
- I bought a new shower gel, skipped the regular soap aisle and went straight for organics. Ended up with “Yes To Carrots”… good stuff!
- After my husband accidentally sent a big bowl of uncooked (organic!) scrambled eggs plummeting into the cabinets and floor, I did a clean-up with a dishtowel and Skoy cloths. I made everything sparkly clean with a spray of vinegar and water… not one paper towel used!
- I did a leaf clean-up – no leaf-blower, no lawn mower… just a rake, a tarp (to drag the leaves down the ravine instead of bagging), ME and some great exercise… and the kids playing for hours outdoors!
- I prepared a meal that included an organic roast, organic carrots (it was a carrot-kind-of-weekend, apparently!) and organic potatoes. No steroids, hormones or pesticides for us!
- I did some laundry with all of my beloved, eco-friendly Method products.
- I had to grin… my son actually noticed that my husband left the light on in the shower and reminded him “don’t forget to turn off the lights, Dad!” (The “green” apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!)
I realize that I am truly practicing what I preach and it wasn’t because I knew I should; it was because that’s what I “do”. It’s what I know, and I can “live” with that!