Olive S. Oyl here.
So, there is a whole spectrum of green out there, and just as most Americans think of themselves as being middle class, I think of our household as being somewhere right smack in the middle of greenitude. Not a total neophyte, but certainly not off-the-grid. We live in a city, and we're no homesteaders. That's why I thought I would share -- for the many of you who are just plain normal like me and the rest of the country -- my favorite "first moves" from the last couple weeks. I know you have these moments, too!
First up: I have to say, I have been trying to move over to line drying our clothes for a couple months now, but have space constraints (outside won't work cause we have trees front and back and lots of bird poop). But when I finally scraped together enough drying racks to do an entire load? The light bulb that went off for me as I looked at my cloth rags drying was pretty bright (for an energy-conserving move). Sheesh, does it feel nice to be using less energy to clean my floors?! I think that's a forever move. Crunchy towels and undies may be negotiable, but line dried rags? Here to stay. That's just silly.
Second: Reusing Ziploc-type bags. I haven't bought plastic sealed bags in over a year now, and I still have some left! This is mostly because I started washing and reusing the bags that other stuff comes in, like our ginormous bags of frozen blueberries, and our bags o' grated cheese. I think I speak for all of us when I point out that this first move is momentous. Every bag you wash and reuse? Wherever you got it? Cuts your plastic bag consumption by 50%. Shazaam! Feel that in your pocketbook, too.
Finally: Creating recycling and compost stations upstairs. My friend Susannah suggested I do so, and it's funny how satisfying it is every time I clean out my hairbrush and put the hair in my green bin (green for compost, purple for recycling). Toenail clippings, too! I have a friend from grad school who was doing this in his vegan Berkeley group house 10 years ago, so it feels extra-nice to be finally following in his footsteps.
How 'bout you? Makin' any moves? Feeling good about any first steps?