If you’ve read my blog before you probably know that I am a fairly “green” person. I have reusable shopping bags (and I actually use them!), I shop the farmers’ market and grow some of my own food, I drive a hybrid car, I recycle and compost and I’m starting to buy food with less packaging.
But as green as I am there are still a few things in my life that I just can’t seem to move over into the green or eco-friendly territory. These are my eco-vices. Today I present just two of them and I’m not sure how to kick the habit on either (or if I even want to).
My first confession is that I love to take long, hot showers. Even though I know I should speed it up in there, I still continue to take my sweet time. I love the feel of the hot water and luxuriating in the soapy bubbles.
I know I am using a lot more water than I need and that I should really reduce my consumption. But it’s as if the hot water hypnotizes me into moving in slow motion and the “green” part of my brain just switches off. I try, I really do, to take shorter showers but nothing I do seems make my body move faster.
My second major eco-vice is bananas. You might be thinking “what? bananas? how is that an eco-vice?” Well bananas don’t grow in Kansas. Or anywhere else in the United States. Banana grow on entirely different continents. Which means they have to travel a long way to get to my kitchen.
These particular bananas are from Honduras. And Honduras is about 1800 miles from where I live. Not exactly local. These bananas use up a tremendous amount of fuel just to get to my house.
And yet I love them. Bananas are essential for making smoothies and banana soft serve. I love them immediately after a long run as a way to refuel. I haven’t found anything more local to replace bananas so I continue to buy them.
Now tell me, what’s your eco-vice? Can’t seem to recycle? Drink bottled water? Drive a gas guzzler? I’m sure we all have an eco-vice. No one is perfect!