I try my best to a good earthly citizen, and with every month that pneeeuows past, I step further down the clean living, simple, eco-friendly path. But there are some things I am just not yet ready to give up. These are my unsustainable, earth-destroying dirty habits, and I’d like to share them with you.
Even if I do mange to source tinned tomatoes in BPA-free tins, the fact is that just about every tin of tomatoes I buy has come from Bella Italia. Which is a friggen long way away. If petrol prices jumped up tomorrow and world trade ground to a halt the thing I would be most upset about is not having a tin of toms in my pantry. I keep telling myself that one day I will be a green thumb with abundant tomatoes in the backyard. Then I’ll start canning them myself and bottling passata with the neighbours. Promise.
Shampoo and conditioner
When I read Trica’s post about going “No Poo” on Little Eco Footprints, I hung my head in shame. My hair is my one vanity and shampoo and conditioner were my last personal care products to go natural. Truth be told, I’ve not yet found natural versions that work as well as the silicone-laden, pthalate-infused products you see on TV so my hair is generally pretty gross these days. It’s inevitable that sometime soon I am going to run out of shampoo and conditioner and not replace it. I know that going “No Poo” is the answer, but I’m scared about the six weeks (at least) of Soul Glow hair and itchy scalp I will have to endure.
I generally only put half a tank of fuel in my car and that makes me stingy, which is good. If there’s less than half a tank on the gauge, I am more inclined to hop on my bike or grab the dog and head out on foot for quick trips to the shops or to pick up the kids. But when my hubby is flush with cash, he’ll give me a wink and say “fill her up baby”, and I go all Tiger Woods and can’t resist a quickie here, there and everywhere. Part of me wants to be cut off because I know that cheap fuel will not be around for much longer and I need to get used to it. But the evil bird on my shoulder says, “just drive you crazy fool, everyone else does”.
Long, hot showers
I may have mentioned once or twice that I have a weakness for lengthy, scalding showers. To the point that I will purposely skip a shower some days so I can have more than the allowable four minutes the next. In addition to wasting water and energy (yes, even though we have solar hot water), long, hot showers do terrible things to your skin. Maybe when I give up shampoo I can quit my addictive ablutions too.