Green Sin: The Laundry Bin

washing-machine-902359_640I walk or take the TTC as often as I can.  I always remember to turn out the lights when I leave a room (and I yell at family members who do not).  I take to heart the impulse behind the litterless lunch initiative at my kids’ school.  I send re-usable containers, I very rarely use ziplock bags for school lunches, I do not buy snack packs of anything.  Juice boxes are still a lunchbox feature, but those, at least, can be recycled.  And we never, never, never drink a juice box at home.  Perish the thought.  I really do wash and re-use the ziplock bags I use at home.  I think about it.

Buuuuuut I do not practice conservation when it comes to laundry.  I wash often (always a full load, in a high efficiency machine), and I use the dryer every time.  I use dryer sheets, and I like them.  I like the smell that has been manufactured and sold to me as the smell of fresh linen.  It is an epic green fail.

It is an epic green fail for which I cannot summon much guilt.  Funny how I recoil at the thought of the waste of using a juice box at home, but merrily throw clothes into the dryer.

Mea culpa.  Mea maxima culpa.


7 thoughts on “Green Sin: The Laundry Bin

  1. My guilty pleasure is our shower. A home energy audit revealed our water flow was the highest in the city. It is like standing under a waterfall. The auditor kindly offered to swap our shower head with a low-flow head and I responded with a forceful NO. We will have to shrink our footprint in another way.

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