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Alright, confession. I sort of took last week off from this eco-friendly business because it is exhausting to think so much about garbage and food and clothing. I know once I get into a groove, it will all be second nature. I just needed a seven-day breather.
We still recycled like crazy and set aside our food waste for compost (my worms are super-slackers and not eating much so I might have to find another composting solution). We didn’t buy much of anything new and I visited a new-to-me thrift shop (hello there, Red, White & Blue).
This is the garbage we sent to the curb this morning. It’s a bit fuller than the past three weeks because my parents were in town this weekend and well, these people produce some garbage. I just don’t understand. The second picture is the almost-overflowing “non-curbside recycling” bin. We really need to do something with this stuff.
So, we’re still in the game, I just wasn’t ready to dive into Week Three’s challenge: Go paperless. But now I’m ready.
The time has arrived, friends. We are giving up toilet paper and wipes. We spent the weekend sewing up a batch of cloths that will serve as reusable wipes.
And by “we” I mean my garbage-creating mother and my kids. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! You’re the best!
Here’s our plan this week: We are using these flannel wipes for all wiping purposes. Yes, all of them. Including that one.
Why? Because going paperless is totally lame if you’re just switching paper towels for kitchen ones or using a rag instead of paper napkins. Big whoop.
Ditching tp and using a flannel butt wipe? That’s totally awesome and absolute blogging gold. (Do NOT tell my children that I just used the b-u-t-t word. They would stop functioning altogether.)
And after reading some of comments over on Facebook, it’s an issue that warrants some serious passion. I am floored at how upset some of you got about how someone you don’t even know is planning to end her bathroom experience. 73 comments, people. 73!
So, in conclusion, this week is going to be the most rad week ever. Bring on the wipes!
Side note: I am making this exercise optional for my older children just because I don’t want them to have to talk about it with strangers. I know some fool is going to tell their children about this challenge (“Did you know that the Davis kids aren’t allowed to use toilet paper?”) and then that child will tease my child in school and then I will need to add a “Therapy” envelope to our monthly budget. Soooo… if you know my children in real life, please do not mention this. Kthanksbye!
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