Mom to Mom Monday: My dirty little 'not-so-green' secrets!

Posted by Julie on 1/6/2014 to Green Living
It's 2014 and I'm supposed to be planning my resolutions. Making endeavors toward becoming greener should always be a goal in my opinion. It makes you feel good to produce less waste and it often means a money savings too.

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My dirty little 'not-so-green' secrets

I will climb the highest mountain to be a little greener in this aspect or that, but I am so attached to some of the most UN-GREEN products.

Paper plates, oh how I love thee. My kids eat, and eat, and eat, and then eat some more. As it is I already do more than a full load of dishes three times a day when they are home and it's not a school day.

I hand them sandwiches, no napkin or plate at all, but there are still occasions when I just LOVE the convenience of my paper plates. So badddddd. I know. At least they're recyclable, I tell myself.

My other secret, even worse than paper plastic baggies! <---Gasp! I even own reusable sandwich wraps and a few reusable snack bags, I still can't get away from plastic baggies. I do try to reuse them whenever possible, but I just can't stop buying them.

A solution?

My goal, not a perfect solution, but definitely a start, is to try and get my kids on a more regular eating schedule. Three meals, a couple snacks...they DO NOT HAVE to eat all day every day. I think it might be a boy thing?

So I have shared some of my most 'un-green' dirty little secrets, what are yours?


Date 1/7/2014
jilliann m
for the most part we don't use paper plates, but when you know you're going to have to run multiple loads of dishes i think they are worth it. better paper than plastic at least.
Date 1/7/2014
Melissa McCarty
Our not so green secret is using disposable wipes while we're in town or out of the house. It's just easier for me.
Date 1/7/2014
Kim H
Plastic baggies are mine too! Wish they weren't so handy! I try to sue storage containers when possible, but sometimes the baggie just fits better in a lunch box!
Date 1/7/2014
We don't use paper plates, but talk to me in a couple years when I have more than one child and if we don't have a dish washer yet! I use plastic baggies on occasion, but we do have plenty of reusable options for my son's snacks.
Date 1/8/2014
I also use paper plates. And as someone else said.. paper is better than plastic plates.. right? It's a totally convenience to have when it's needed. I'm going to try to do better with this in 2014! :)
Date 1/8/2014
Nicole Portillo
Paper plates is our thing too. For the past 3 yrs we have been living as part of a multi-family household. Serving snacks on a napkin is the usual but once the dishwasher is full, dinner is usually served on paper plates :/ We will start off slow though. One cup designated for each child. More then half the dishes being sued are cups!
Date 1/10/2014
Johnny Rachel Miller
Oh..... I'm so guilty of these not so green secrets! I appreciate this friendly reminder and possible solution! Thx!
Date 1/10/2014
Erin Rothfus
I always feel guilty about using so much plastic wrap ... but I can't stop. I am in love with my paperless towels though!
Date 1/10/2014
Christy V.
Thanks for your honesty!
Date 1/12/2014
Catherine BW
We have a big family and do a ton of dishes too, but I would never use paper plates, we just don't buy them. Better, just ask each kid to use the same plate all day if it's just for sandwiches and snacks.
Date 1/12/2014
Charity B
Though I cloth diaper, I use disposable wipes, at least for now. It is just easier. :) Also use paper plates a lot, since I don't have a dishwasher and I am 40 weeks pregnant. :)
Date 1/13/2014
aimee richardson
I dont use paper plates often unless where having an informal get together. We only bought enough dishes for the 4 of us so we wouldnt have mounds of dishes. Lol.
Date 1/16/2014
judith martinez
I don't recycle anything other then aluminum. It actually costs me money to have my recyclables picked up here and I'm not organized enough to bag them up and take them to a recycling center. My kids take care of the cans and get money for them. I do try to buy in bulk and purchase less packaging but I know I should recycle.
Date 1/17/2014
Amanda C
Paper towels! I really wish I would just grab a cloth and wipes things up, but paper towel is convenient and it just goes in the garbage and is gone. I am hoping to make those reuable snap-together towels for my paper towel dispenser to hopefully get away from the waste!
Date 1/20/2014
Maggie Martin
I love plastic bags! Paper plates are nice too but we don't usually use them. I try to save.those for big family get togethers.

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