You know what I love about being ecologically conscious? It's so frugal. I'm from Dutch people, so this appeals to me very much.
Take broth, for instance. Instead of dumping five bucks a box on organic free-range chicken or beef broth, I can make my own. Vegetable broth is even more satisfying. I just save up my veggie bits that I don't eat (stems, turnip tops, the tough skin on the onion, etc) and save them up in the fridge, in a ziploc bag. Then, when the bag is full enough and is just shy of smelling funky, I dump the contents into a pot and fill it with water, until everything is just covered. I add some peppercorns, salt, maybe some garlic, and boil for 4 hours. Then I have a whole bunch of veggie broth that I can freeze into one-cup portions.
I freeze them in the plastic containers I get my goat cheese in. So convenient. And it reminds me of something.
These people I used to babysit for were seriously ecologically conscious. To the point of being weird, I thought at the time. They saved all their ziploc baggies and rinsed them out to use again. Their aluminum foil was used and used again. None of their forks and spoons matched because they tried to buy everything at thrift stores so they wouldn't add to the landfills with their consumerism. Come to think of it, they had bumper stickers about GMO food, too, but I can't remember what they said.
This was like, ten years ago. My point is, they were much greener than I. Not that I'm competing. It's just that I'm noticing that we're all on the spectrum somewhere. Some people recycle and try to conserve water, but don't do much beyond that. That was me about a year ago. Now it's becoming more of an obsession. I'm kind of a lime-green,
whereas the people I used to babysit for were more of a full-on deep forest green.
I didn't think about the environment much until my hubby turned into an eco-warrior. We watched Go Further, that Woody Harrelson movie, and he started scolding me for using paper towels to dry my hands. Gawd. So then he canceled all our junk mail, which was awesome. Cut it down to two pieces of junk mail per day instead of five. Then, he bought a paper-maker where you can recycle your own paper into rather lovely sheets of stationery quality sheets. Now we save all our ziploc baggies, reuse as much as possible, and buy things according to how ecologically sound or packaged they are.
It reminds me a little bit of people in the Depression saving everything. I know there is a vast difference in comfort here, but trying to save things from the trash has helped me recognize the value of those things. It's like a light went on and I see everything through the scope of how long I can hang on to it. I see people who are more and less green than me all the time. And that's fine.
But I'm saving a lot more money than some people. And I don't have to take the trash out as much.