As with anything else, people have differing opinions on life. Some of the strongest opinions are from other people looking in on your life without knowing much about you. In a kind of silly turn of events, this new twist on mommy wars has transcended into the green living community.
You may recycle, buy organic foods, make all or most of your food from scratch, cloth diaper your babies, use natural cleaning products, etc. For some, that's not enough and they may feel the need to stomp on all of the good things you do for your family and the environment if they catch a whiff that you may use a commercial laundry detergent or love paper towels.
As mothers and human beings, do we not have anything better to do? Not very many of us are living in a yurt, recycling rain water, growing all of our own produce, and have a bicycle as our sole vehicle. I'm sure that most of us are doing something that isn't necessarily environmentally friendly, but we all do our best. We conserve where we can but there are some things that just work better for us than the all natural alternative.
- Use cloth diapers
- Use reusable shopping bags
- Buy secondhand most of the time
- Turn off lights when I'm not in the room
- Try to run large appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine during off-peak hours
- Conserve water
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs
However. . .
- I don't use an all-natural detergent on my cloth diapers (I do on regular laundry, though)
- I don't use an all-natural dish soap either
- I sometimes forget my reusable shopping bags
- I don't drive a hybrid vehicle
- I don't have a vegetable garden (yet)
- I only buy a few items that are organic
- I don't always buy local
- I don't often shop locally either
Sometimes you need to use what works or do what is most cost-effective for you and your family. I would love to strictly shop local and organic but that's just not in our budget if I want to stay home with my children. My children come first. I would love to use cleaning products that don't have harsh chemicals in them, but I also need for my dishes and diapers to get clean. I would like to drive a hybrid vehicle and maybe I will when they can figure out how to make them with a standard transmission.
As women and mothers, let's support one another and applaud the good things that we're doing for ourselves and our planet. If you're better at this green living thing than me, well good for you! Really. But don't put others down when their green path is a little different from yours. We're all doing the best we can.