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The eco-friendly option doesn’t work! Now what?

Hello fellow earthlings.

Have you, like me, ever bought the most eco-friendly version of an item at the store and been super excited about your good choice, only to come home, try it, and realize that this.did.not.work.at.all.?

Let me give you an example. Soap nuts. These are plastic free, all natural nuts, used for laundry. They work ok, I guess. About as well as me hand-washing something in my sink with some regular soap. However, can they handle a sweaty t-shirt: hell no.*

Maybe I didn’t do my laundry “the right way”. Someone might say “Oh you have to first soak the clothes in baking soda and vinegar and then wash with the nuts”.

That’s all fine, but when I say I want an eco-friendly choice, what I mean is I want to go about my day in exactly the same way I was, adding no extra work in order to make a product work. If I have to, it isn’t working.

Am I crazy?

This goes for lots of cleaning products. We just switched back to big-brand-duo-something pods for our dishwasher after using an eco-friendly pod for years. I just got tired of our glassware never looking 100% clean.

When we were expecting our first kid, I also bought an ethically, locally made stroller that ended up having lots of issues. It drove horribly, was heavy, baby grew out of it super fast. It was expensive so I thought it was super well made. I was excited – only to soon be very not-excited to take baby for walks. Now we have a China-made one that works. AAGH. It’s not fun to admit these things, but they happen.

stroller

There are of course lots of items that work just as well as their chemical peers. Like lip balm – who’d ever buy something shady again when there are so many organic ones?

And there are eco-friendly things that work better than the not-so-sustainable option – like electric cars. EV’s are so much better (and not filling gas is essentially streaming vs going to the store to rent).

I would never want to encourage anyone to not go eco, but sometimes I think it leads to more waste. If you buy something that doesn’t work, you end up tossing it, or it sits in your cabinet only to create space-noise, which is not cool.

We make the most impact when we change BIG things; infrastructure, energy, food systems. So vote and get involved… and focus your efforts.

Now, I want to hear the honest truth: which eco-friendly choices have you made that made you miss the easier days of unawareness? You can leave an anonymous comment – just in case you run a green blog too ;)

*Notice how I wrote this review before we had kids (2016) and said it works for “normal loads”. LOL. All normal loads now have clothes with major stains. Thank u, next.

 

My five zero goals; inspired by you #zerowaste

I’ve been really inspired lately by quite a few excellent blogs written by people who aim to live life with zero waste. #zerowaste bloggers are crafty, innovative, smart and caring! They remind us of how we can all live a more sustainable and appreciative life.

All these great posts made me think about that I actually have a few “zero hashtags” of my own, in addition* to the brilliant, say-it-all-in-one-tag: #zerowaste.

Believe me, I know they all fall on a scale of impossible to very impossible (and nobody is perfect!), but you know what they say; aim for the stars and you may reach the treetops.

zero- 1. Zero Made in China (Zero Imports). Buy local stuff, all the time. Start with made in town, state, country, part of the world… Work my way out. Some things are quite easy, like veggies, some things are hard, like good looking shoes. (By all means, correct me if I’m wrong!)

2. Zero Chemicals. No lotions and potions in the bathroom with any ingredients I can’t pronounce.

3. Zero Processed Foods. Actually, this one is probably the easiest of all my zero goals! Except bread – does that count? Will still buy and eat bread (I’m a terrible baker, don’t even go there).

4. Zero Oil for Fuel and Energy. We’re saving up for our first Tesla! Yes, we are! And we hope to one day be energy independent. Reaching for the stars here? Well, so is Elon Musk (literally).

5. Zero Bad and Grumpy Days. Move forward with a happy spirit, banish worrying and always remember that everything will work out :)

That’s it!

Maybe you have some zeros of your own to pursue? If not, go ahead and borrow mine. Feel free to alter, add and customize as needed. See, that’s another cool tag I like, it’s called #reuse.

*We are not a household committed to 100% zero waste. Yes, we are always mindful about waste and packaging, but it would be an insult to people committed to a zero waste lifestyle, to say that we are.