Thursday, February 25, 2016

Yes, I Care About the Environment

Deuteronomy 10:14
Behold, the heavens and the highest of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth and all that is in it.

According to a new article from Upworthy.com (your cherished source of valuable information. Wink, wink.)  cities across the globe are trying to ban the use of k-cups. If you're a mom, you may have panicked just a little. I know I did. I'm not here to argue the use of k-cups. I am here to state something specific.

You can have my k-cups when you pry them from my cold, dead hands. You may have to get through my Paper Plate Mafia first, though. Followed by the Red Solo Cup Death March.
If you haven't guessed, we use a lot of disposable stuff. I do, however cloth diaper. That saves us a TON of money. But the difference is this: I have an automatic washer and dryer. I don't have an automatic dishwasher, nor do I have a large amount of free time to wash the damage done from cooking three meals a day, seven days per week. I do have a family of four, and our pre-rinse cycle comes from my faithful golden retriever, who has plenty of spare time, appetite, and tenacity to get the very, very last grain of rice off of the saucepan. But even he is slowing down here. At almost 10, his resolve is a little lower also.

Stock photo from Huff post.
Every time I post a comment like the one above, I hear the inevitable, "Don't you care about the
environment at all?"

I do. I care very much about the environment. I care even more about the environment in My Home. I care that my kids don't see me standing at the sink as much as they see me playing Duplos or stacking rings, or whatever. I care that I'm less stressed out about getting dishes done for four people and can make a cup of coffee in 45 seconds or less while holding one, sometimes two, screaming little people just before I pass out from exhaustion.

Paper plates are a luxury item in our home. It's not something that we have in the budget all the time, but at least once per month, I can set aside about $8-$15 for a giant stack of them at our local buy-things-in-bulk place. Cups are the same way. When we run out, I don't buy more until the next cycle. I also use one cup per day per person. I'm not using these in craft projects and then tossing them to the wind, either.

I understand that there will be some naysayers that call me lazy, irresponsible, etc, etc. It's been done. It'll be done again. I'm sure many of you do all the dishes every time, without a dishwasher while you're walking uphill in the snow barefoot so you can get to your full-time job laying bricks. I'm sure some of you have made a commitment never to throw anything away and to recycle everything you can.
To all of you that have that claim. that's awesome. I'm happy that you've found what works for your family. But it's not my job to babysit your garbage habits.

I do think that we should be good stewards of what God has given us. Just not at the expense of not taking care of each other first.

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