Okay, so, I will willingly become a social pariah and admit that as far as issues that I care about go, the environment is kind of low on my list. Not that I don't care, it's more that other things are just a little more pressing in my day to day life. I care that global warming is happening, I just am more immediately concerned with how hot I'm getting while I do laundry at 3pm. I don't like it when people litter and pollute, but I am currently picking up all the litter my kids have scattered around our yard and don't have time to do the road as well. And I'm certainly not a fan of dumping pig silos into lakes, but I am also not a fan of cleaning up what smells like a pig silo in a diaper and I've done enough of that today. It just seems that while the world and the politicians and Hollywood drone on and on about how bad the environment is, I'm thinking that I'll try not to keep harming it, but I'm a little busy to be too much help, thankyouverymuchandholdtheguilt.
However, while I hate to overtax myself in the race to help the environment, I do love to read about people with much higher moral standards than myself. And so I found myself the other day reading a great blog and was issued a quite embarrassing challenge.
Use Less Plastic.
But you see, that wasn't the embarrassing part. The other participants were speaking of regret that they hadn't already switched their baby's bottles to glass (that's an option?!) and they were talking about eradicating plastic from the kitchen for good (how???) and I sat there and thought, "Well, I guess I could start using those recycled bags for all my groceries instead of plastic ones. But I only have those two. I guess I could get a few more. But would that look weird at Kroger? I mean, I don't see anyone else doing that. Maybe it's a bit much. I would probably look like Greenzo on 30 Rock. I wouldn't want everyone to think I'm one of those people who drive Priuses and look at truck drivers with scorn (not that there's anything wrong with Priuses...or Prii...or whatever). Maybe I could start using our recycling container for something other than a holder for regular trash in the gargae until one of us bites the bullet and takes it the 15 feet outside to the big trash cans. I guess I could start putting our plastics in there. But yucko I hate touching old plastic. Especially old plastic with stuff inside. And breaking down cardboard is kind of a pain. Hmmm...maybe I should just back out of this."
That my friends was the embarrassing part.
It was the fact that I am so utterly lazy and worried about other people's opinions that I can even bother to take my own bags to the grocery store (bags that are stronger and hold more stuff and look way cuter) or put some trash in a plastic bucket and take the other stuff to the regular bin. And not because it's supah cool to do it, but because it is common sense. I mean, really, do you buy a new suitcase every time you travel? Nope. Do you really enjoy seeing landfills? Nope. So it just makes sense to do what you can, when you can, and not to be a wiener about it.
And so, I will be joining the Use Less Plastic Challenge and focusing a little more of the precious brain space I have left (the rest is filled with the lyrics to "Ridin' The Range" by the Backyardigans and the exact sound my kids make when they have eaten a breadstick too fast and are about to spew it out) on not worrying about what my fellow Kroger patrons think when I bust out my own bags, and with trying to remember to not just toss the milk jugs in the symmetrically stacked trash pile, but to rinse them and put them in the recycling container.
Oh, I do look good in green.