Have you seen this?
I've been meaning to implement one small change into our routine for almost 6 months now. Something that will help reduce our carbon footprint and allow us to be better stewards to the earth. Something that goes beyond the regular composting, recycling, turning off the lights behind us that are so automatic. Something consciously decided. But what?
Many of my online blogging friends have taken to this challenge like a moth to a flame. I've been stopping by regularly to read about their eco-friendly changes on the One Small Change blog, on their personal blogs, on updates to Facebook. And yet I hadn't jumped on board.
Part of it was a misguided elitist attitude that I was already so much more environmentally responsible than most of the suburbanites I know. We wash clothes on cold. We hang dry much of our laundry inside. We keep the thermostat turned down low. We recycle, we compost, we turn off lights, we purged our home of plastic, we use natural toys. What more could we do?
Hello Internet. My name is Danita and I am addicted to paper towels.
It's the change I've wanted to make for such a long time. The change that seemed SO daunting to me that I postponed and postponed. We use paper towels for everything. As napkins. To clean up spills. To wipe down counters. To clean windows and mirrors.
The same germaphobe in me that couldn't handle cloth diapers (Shh...don't tell anyone!) had a hard time wrapping my brain around cloth for cleaning and faces. But one night, while cleaning up a giant spill of apple juice that required about 20 paper towels I sat resolute. We would end our dependence on paper.
I started pricing out cloth napkins. HOLY EXPENSIVE batman! Not being a sewer myself I decided the easiest way to go about getting my hands on cloth would be the ever trusty Etsy. I found exactly what I was looking for at Gnome Clothes and quickly ordered two sets. Imagine my surprise when the awesome owner contacted me about a trade for some of my wool dryer balls. It was a match made in heaven.
We've been using the Gnome Clothes un-paper towels religiously for 2 weeks now. Some habits are hard to break. We haven't completely given up on paper towels - but I'm pleased that we've been working on the same roll now for 14 days - and it's only half gone. We were going through a roll at least every 5-6 days. Even composting all those paper towels rather than just tossing them into a landfill didn't ease my discomfort. But using cloth? Finally, yes!
And all this thinking about ways to make our home, our lifestyles more eco-conscious has opened up a slew of possibilities for me. Things I hadn't really considered possible here in suburbia, but am rethinking.
What will be your one small change?
(PS...did you catch it? I actually mentioned my first name. Don't tell my husband.)