Sometimes I feel like such a sham. I stand on my blog pedestal preaching the benefits of organic farming and the dangers of toxic chemicals. I spew out tips for how to green your laundry room and create less waste in your home. Yet if you saw me in real life, you’d know I don’t practice what I preach all the time.
If you visited my home you’d know that we aren’t the uber green & healthy family that you might think we are. Yes, we do a lot of great things like composting and making our own kefir but you’d be surprised at how un-green we are in some ways.
If you looked in my cupboards you would see plastic containers and food wrap (although you would see plenty of glass and stainless steel too).
If you looked in our closets, you would see a lot more than organic cotton, bamboo and hemp. And even though a lot of our clothes are purchased second hand, some of them come straight from mega-stores tied to poor working conditions in Bangladesh.
If you looked in my laundry room, you would see a bottle of (gasp!) bleach – because life is messy and sometimes you just.need.bleach.
If you went grocery shopping with me you’d know that I don’t read the labels of everything that goes in my cart. You’d see that I occasionally buy Cheese-Its (my boys don’t like the healthier kind) or cereals that probably contain GMOs.
If you check out my shopping receipts, you’d see that I buy items I don’t always need – frivolous things like decorations that have no real purpose other than to look pretty.
And if you were out-and-about running errands with me, you might even see me grab a Diet Coke. Yep, I know it’s a nasty, chemical drink, but some days I just have to have one.
Why am I telling you this?
Because, I’m guessing you’re a lot like me. You want to buy organic but you don’t always have the money. You like the idea of walking or biking to do your errands, but you don’t often have the time. You think it would be great to compost but yuck, who wants to deal with that? I’m guessing you really do want to live a greener, healthier life but life’s constraints just keep getting in the way. And that’s completely normal.
What bothers me is the guilt and the fear that I see lurking in the background. Some parents feel guilty for not buying organic milk for their family. Others are embarrassed to admit they use drug-store suntan lotion on their kids. I’ve talked to readers who are conflicted about buying products that are way better than conventional varieties but alas, are not “perfectly safe” or “perfectly green”. And others who want to throw up their hands and say “why bother, we’re all doomed anyway”.
What I wish
Life is not perfect. We all know that. Life is messy, crazy, joyous, tragic and constantly changing. My hope for all of us is that we can be mindful of greener, safer, healthier ways to live, but not be overwhelmed by the options. That we can go about our lives without being wracked with guilt or fear that we made the wrong choice for the health of our families or the planet. The world is full of opinions on these topics. Is raw milk safe or scary? Should we be eating soy or avoiding it? What’s the best light bulb: CFL, LED or halogen? There’s no one right answer for everyone.
My hope for this blog (and my related Facebook page) is that it is a place to find information and inspiration to help you live the life you want to life. When you visit, I hope you will feel completely comfortable asking any questions (nothing is stupid!), making suggestions (is there a topic you would like me to cover?) or confessing your own eco-sins. Seriously – I will not judge!
My greatest wish is to create a warm and open community where we can share what it’s really like out there on the eco-homefront and that we can all help each other live a healthy, rewarding, hands-on life.
(Whew! I feel better now. Thank you for letting me vent my insecurities and share my hopes and dreams!)
Do you have any eco-insecurities, frustrations, dreams or questions to share?
This post is part of a brave blogging link-up that’s part of Liv Lane’s How To Build a Blog You Truly Love ecourse. As a participant, I was challenged to step outside my comfort zone and share something with you that felt especially brave. You can see what others have written by clicking here.