It took a weekend with good friends to shine light on some landfill lunacy going on in my life. This was Jen and Jerome’s first visit with their children since we moved to Ottawa. We were all counting down the sleeps until they arrived.
Jen is a green pal and big supporter of my writing, this blog and making healthier, environmentally friendly changes. She always cheers my green efforts…until Friday. We were in the kitchen chatting and preparing dinner when I spilled something on the counter. I automatically whipped out my giant roll of paper towel to mop the mess. “What are you doing?” she looked at me with big shocked eyes. “You are supposed to be The Mindful Merchant Laura!” she said with disgust. I stopped mid-wipe and looked at my hand.
What was I doing? I was a fraud. Did it matter I was using non-toxic, all natural cleaner to clean organic chicken juices when I had clear-cut trees and bleached/chemically processed landfill balled up in my hand? The jig was up. Jen even whipped out her cell phone to try to capture this crime on film.
I provided silly excuses and explained that I am trying to be green. I even mumbled something about never claiming I was perfect. We laughed, they teased me about it, and the weekend was utterly fun and relaxing.
Now they are gone and I realize how ridiculous this is. Here I am implementing many earth friendly changes in our home, and yet cannot give up my use of paper towels and napkins. Oh, did I forget to mention I also purchased “fancy” printed paper napkins for our dinner? Yup…did that too.
< I can feel your disgust.>
I hope my guilt eases now that I confessed my cleaning crimes. Starting today, I will no longer use paper towels and paper napkins. It is o-v-e-r. Thank you to Jen for pointing out the error of my ways, and for not posting my photo on Facebook. I am going out tomorrow to buy reusable cloths for spills and cleaning. I am committed.
The Mindful Merchant is back on a greener path.