Originally Posted by Katrinaquerida
I know how you feel. I have tried to lessen the number of plastic toys by passing out catalogs with natural toys in them and by making suggestions to family members. it seems to be helping actually. Of course the junk that gets thrown out is gross, but I am working on babysteps. As far as self supporting on the land, I would try small steps here as well, Where ever you live you can start with a container garden, see if it is worth it to you. Remember that even the little things are better than what the majority of americans are doing right now...
Yeah, I have a square foot garden. I also just signed up for a CSA (which also sells some local grains, meats, dairy and honey) so I'm hoping the great majority of our food starting in June will be from extremely sustainable, organic, local sources. And I will try my hand at preserving for part of next winter, but realistically we're going to buy from the grocery store in November or so. But it's a start.
We're not The Green Family Of America or anything, but we do take baby steps. Like we quit using paper towels about a year ago, and never went back (that was quite easy for me, but a big step for DH, and I appreciate that of him). We use absolutely zero chemical cleaning products except dish soap and shampoo (so, yeah, those are next to examine). Anyway, the point is that, yeah, we actively work on it.
I don't know if it makes me feel better or worse that we're X times better than the average American family. Well, it makes me feel worse probably.
We visited my parents (across the country) last month and it was very frustrating to see how they live. I watched my father empty the trash can (with a full bag) 6 times in 5 days. (We generate 1 bag in 7 days... still not that great, but...). They purchase everything with convenience in mind. They don't want to do any extra dishes, so they buy beverages in single-serving containers, for example. And do not recycle them. DH had to bite his tongue when we all watched Wall-E together and my mother said "wow, that film has a real message." (Dunno if she was referring to the trash, the crappy eating, screen addiction, or the love message). Didn't change a single thing she did, though.
Anyway, the experience made me feel horrible because I'm constantly wondering where my parents fit in terms of the "average" American family. Are they worse? Are they better? God I hope they are worse.
Listen to me ramble again... aiaiaiai.