The first environmentalists were poor country people. I come from a long line of environmentalists.
We were reducin’, reusin’ and recyclin’ before Whole Foods put that as a slogan on a twenty-dollar hemp eco-tote.
|Waste not, want not.|
Back when the ice man cameth, my great-grandparents had a pig slaughtered each year after the weather turned cold. They used up everything but the squeal.
Don’t think about the logistics of that one too long. My childhood lesson on chitterlings haunts me still.
My great-granny acted it out in a stomach-churning pantomime. “And then you swang it around!”
Now there are lots of blogs and magazine articles that give tips so basic my granny would snort the snort reserved for the truly absurd, like throwing away a perfectly good snout.
“Empty glass jars make great storage containers!” What else would you do with them, throw them away? They hold your dry food, can be re-used for canning and make great storage containers for the garage. Also, they make the best drinking glasses for sweet tea.
Despite my raising, I have tried and failed at so much of the 21st-century “crunchy” fads, especially when it comes to hygiene and household chemicals.
I tried cloth diapering twenty years ago, but we didn’t have our own washer and dryer so the bleach never got rinsed out sufficiently.
Pampers were just cheaper and easier than multiple wash loads at the Washateria for the diapers and the expensive ointment for the rash poorly-rinsed cloth diapers caused.
I tried making my own laundry powder, but no matter what rinses or soap formulations I tried, my whites were dingy and rough. No thanks. I’m no laundry martyr. I’ve given up fabric softener, but you’ll take my Tide from my cold, dead hands.
And all the reusable Lady Products were a complete nightmare for me. That’s all I care to discuss that one, period.
Did you know there’s a big thing right now for not using shampoo? It’s unfortunately called the “No ‘Poo” movement. Tee hee.
I have seen not using shampoo work brilliantly for some of my friends, but no amount of apple cider vinegar and baking soda rinses could keep me from being as oily as a duck’s wing.
Eventually I had to leave the house and I didn’t want my hair to smell like Wet Dog.
I seem to do a better job being eco-friendly in the kitchen. I clean with steam and buy less packaged food. I think my kids do miss the Hamburger Helper a little. For them The Gloved One was not Michael Jackson.
Also, what has worked for me is cooking more from scratch and baking some of our bread. We are snacking more on plain fruit. Also, I made my own jam last year and it turned out great.
I’m looking into a CSA for the upcoming growing season and I’d love to preserve some of that local bounty.
Last season we frequented the farmers’ market, purchasing local vegetables, fresh herbs, local honey and amazing fresh eggs.
I do miss the kitchen garden we had when I was a kid. I lugged plenty of water from the creek to make those tomatoes happen.
I could have done with less of the zucchini back then. Zucchinis are the Tribbles of the garden. Past a certain point in the summer you can’t even give zucchini away.
It seems like I can be “Kitchen Green”, so I’ll run with that, still seeking to reduce, reuse and recycle in the ways that work for me.
What works for you? I’d love to hear your best hints. As long as I can still use Pantene.
P.S., Check back tomorrow. A friend sent me some beautiful handmade earrings I’m going to give away to readers!