Tuesday, December 1, 2009
So, I have become painfully aware of my own contributions to the destruction of our planet. As a mother of small children I am burdened by my realization of the number of plastic mold injected items that are produced, sold, and THROWN AWAY. I am actually surprised by how much this bothers me. I no longer see new toys as something I want for my children. A bigger gift to them will be a more livable earth and the second hand toy.
I am too lethargic to be an activist for the cause or even to restructure my life to live green. But this is the earth on which my boys will one day raise their own families. And we are ruining it, expeditiously, as if on a mission to do so. As one of our small efforts to take better care, we have adopted the 20 gallon jug(maybe less than 20 but still too big and heavy for me) dispenser in place of the bazillion water bottles we had grown accustomed to. Even with our "recycling", it is wrong to continue.
I am in the midst of contemplating "Dryer Balls". They are said to decrease the dry time, saving energy(and money) and be better for your clothes (money saving). Less chemicals going into the water. Less Giant plastic containers of Downey to buy(more money saving), carry, and dispose of. Clothes that look better and last longer(money and time??). Oh and no more dryer sheets! So it is clearly a money saver with many environmental advantages.
But, do they really do all that they promise? Almost out of fabric softener, the time is upon me to make a decision. Your experiences could make the difference. Please share what you know.
Balls or no balls?