Usually these Best and Worst lists come out at the end of the year, but there’s no time like the present, right? As I was checking out at the grocery store earlier today, I was thinking about the odd assortment of items (organic bananas, organic fortified soy milk, and … Drano ?) I had packed into my weather-worn canvas bags. I’m not perfect, by any means. I do my best to make good choices that are environmentally and socially responsible, but like just about everyone else, I’m also sometimes a sinner. It got me to thinking about the 6 best and 6 worst things I own or purchase regularly.
So, without further ado….
- Automobiles (we have a 2001 Subaru Forester and a 2001 Ford Focus wagon that we inherited from my FIL). The Subaru (our primary commuting vehicle – my husband, daughter and I car-pool to work/school) has 36,000 miles at 6 years old, so we drive a LOT less than average (about 12,000 miles/year). But still, cars are evil.
- Gasoline – we usually fill up about once every two weeks
- Antibacterial soap – my hubby is something of a germ-phobe
- Computers and accessories – we are nerds
- Clothing mostly made from conventionally-grown cotton – for the life of me, I cannot kick the cheap clothes habit 😦
- Batteries (we don’t use a lot, but I do like my portable radio and my night-time reading light is essential – though I think I have found a much better alternative in the Aeonic LED lamp). In my defense, I saved spent batteries to recycle at IKEA.
- Our home – an EarthCraft green-design award-winning house originally built in 1950 and renovated by the previous owner who is a green-building consultant.
- My enormous collection of canvas bags which have been re-used umpteen times for grocery shopping and other purposes over a decade or so.
- Our 100% vegan kitchen
- Environmentally-friendly cleaning products (Biokleen laundry detergent, Ecover dishwashing powder, Simple Green all-purpose cleaner)
- 100% recycled, 1-ply, 1000-sheets per roll toilet paper from Seventh Generation
- Compact fluorescent bulbs (which I use to replace bulbs as the burn out throughout the house) and recycle at IKEA when they do eventually burn out