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In what way are you naughty?
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:26 pm
I saw something like this on another site once, but unfortunately can't remember where it was. The idea is, you tell people what you do that you shouldn't, or what you don't do that you should - that is, your environmentally unfriendly habits that you can't give up. It works because 1. you feel better for getting it off your chest, 2. people might be able to give some advice to help you kick your bad habit, and 3. other people might have been doing the same as you all their lives without thinking about it, and now they have, they might change.
1. When I need to blow my nose I use tissues or toilet roll, and so do the rest of my family, because I can't stand the thought of handling snotty hankies when I'm sorting out the laundry.
2. I used disposable nappies when my little girl had an upset stomach
3. I resorted to a chemical herbicide to get rid of an elder bush growing out of the side of the house because I couldn't dig the roots out.
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:15 pm
1. I smoke (although I did stop for 3 weeks recently
2. I have to go round my gravel drive every month or so with weedkiller, because otherwise I wouldn't have a drive.
3. I have a tumble drier and use it.
I think I'd better stop at 3.
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:22 pm
1. I drink wine from all over the world (I work in an off license and can't resist my discount)
2. We drove a car to Plymouth the other day because it was cheaper than the train
3. I keep buying stuff from Nestle!
Can't think of many more right now, but I think this thread is a good idea!
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:25 pm
Oooh dear yes that's reminded me!
4. Nestle's milk and Nestle Galak white chocolate.......
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:42 pm
Forgive me Father for I have sinned:
I buy rice from India that comes in non recyclable foil backed plastic
I drive a 4x4
I use lots of kitchen roll instead of washable cloths - that stuff is jut so darn handy, isn't it??
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:26 pm
The only REALLY bad thing I have is one of those LPG fired weed destroyers that I use in preference to weedkillers.
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:36 pm
1) I drive a Seat Leon Cupra - sorry!!!
2) I use weedkiller occasionally.
3) We use tissues and kitchenroll.
I could go on.....
However, we do lots of good things too.....only have one car, OH uses bus and train to get to work, grow veg, recycle, do not have tumbledrier or dishwasher etc, etc......nobodys perfect but at least we are trying!
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:04 pm
Things I feel really guilty about:
1. I use Eco Moltex paper nappies on my son at night and when he visits his grandparents because they refuse to use reusables.
2. Cremation. Don't want to go into it but I feel bad about it but I couldn't face arranging a burial in an area I don't even know.
3. I use "heat in the microwave in 2 mins" rice for convenience but the pouches aren't recyclable
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:56 pm
1. I use taxi's when I could walk. My excuse is that some of the journey back from town is under a rather dodgey underpass. I should really start using my bike more.
2. I watch telly and go on the computer at the same time. Doing it right now in fact watching mad max. Moving my computer to a proper desk upstairs soon so I won't be able to do that.
3. I own and use a helicopter. - ok that one is a lie.
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:44 am
Devon Dumpling wrote:1) I drive a Seat Leon Cupra - sorry!!!
Hey - so do I (Cupra R). I think these are really quite efficient compared to some of the things we could be driving...and I only use it once or twice a week for work - so I make no apologies! (I've had it up to 40mpg by driving at 56mph on the motorway with the lorries).
I do feel guilty about:
1/ Driving from Leicestershire to a seminar near Heathrow airport this weekend because it was cheaper than the train (I couldn't sway Jybson due to the HUGE difference in cost and convenience - and was inclined to agree with him)
2/ Although we've got our landfill down to a 3rd of what it was - I just realised that we are still not using degradable bin bags - oops!
3/ Bought 2 pairs of trousers this weekend from Ge0rge at Â£SDÂ£ without any thought for who had made them/how far they'd travelled/sourcing hemp because I was in a rush.
Andy Hamilton wrote:I watch telly and go on the computer at the same time.
Not sure how much it would cost or how long it would take to offset with the savings made from switching the TV off but could you set up your PC to play TV so that you have a small screen in one of the corners that's always on top whilst you do your other stuff on the PC?
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:01 am
Still haven't changed to a green electricity supplier.
Should have been working in the garden over the last few weeks, since work has quietened down - but can't get my butt moving.
Still driving into the village once or twice a week for the shopping - should long have unearthed my bike...
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:27 am
I do loads of stuff that I perhaps "shouldn't" but have decided that I refuse to feel guilty for the things I can't do and just feel proud about what I can do...
Sorry guys but life is too short to feel rotten about not using degradable bin bags when 90% of the population wouldn't think twice about sending all their Christmas decorations to landfill every year.
That is not to say that we shouldn't all try harder, and educate others into behaving in a more eco-friendly way but I really don't think it is very healthy to blame yourself for things you find difficult to change.
A few weeks ago I was lying awake at night worrying about having had non-organic meat on a sandwich from subway... once in 3 years.
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:35 am
Oh dear my list could be extensive, but I'm mildly content in knowing I'm the greenest person I know. But here are three things I cant change YET.
1. Tumble drier gets used for drying nappies in the wet weather.
2.I havent got insulation in my roof yet
3. I still cant find meat with packaging that can be recycled so have to throw it in the bin.
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:40 am
Annpan wrote:I do loads of stuff that I perhaps "shouldn't" but have decided that I refuse to feel guilty for the things I can't do and just feel proud about what I can do...
Can't say my "failures" are causing me sleepless nights...
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:10 pm
1) Despite having wee-wipes, I use toilet paper alot... though it is recycled. I also use said toilet paper to clean the loo (everything else is cleaned by cloth)
2) Hair : products
. Love to just use the stuff from Lush but I'm not rich enough. And I haven't found a decent home-made conditioner, I need
to straighten my hair (I like my fringe, but curly fringes just aren't cool!) and that means I have to use that protecting stuff to stop it from splitting. Said products often come from Australia... they are the cheapest quality products I can find! (the make-up I use doesn't count, each pot lasts forever!)
3) I have a kettle that has to be heated up on a (electric) hotplate. The only mitigating factor in this is that the hotplate keeps the water hot enough for 3 servings. I just couldn't afford to invest in a more eco-friendly kettle.
Now you all know my dirty little secrets, I feel liberated!