Third day of Daily Footprint Project. Six pairs of jeans. I counted. Fresh out of the dryer.
Part of my sixteen year old daughter’s biweekly laundry. I took her laundry out of the wash earlier, and put it in the dryer. I did that as a favor to her, and also because I needed the wash machine to do my own laundry. That’s when I realized. With my awareness more turned on than usual, I started counting the jeans. Six. I make do with one jean a week.
A big part of my footprint is related to my green softness as a mom. It is hard enough navigating the treacherous path of teen parenting, without introducing some more restrictions. If I was going to be pure green, I would hassle my daughter about so many things. Turning off the lights. Limiting her laundry. Using the Energy Preferred setting for the dryer. Even better, not using the dryer at all, and start using the drying rack more. Not driving to her school, that is only half a mile away. Not dumping recyclable plastics into the garbage. Turning off her computer. Unplugging her appliances. Eating leftovers. It’s not that I don’t tell her. I just don’t follow through with the kind of consequences and incentives that might make her take me seriously.
Call me weak, but I don’t have it in me, right now. I am fighting other battles, and I am not about to take on one more. If my children were little, that would be another story. The best I can offer, is to inspire her through my example, the small changes I am making every day.
Daily Footprint Project Daily Log Day #3 Water personal: toilet flush 12(oops) wash hands 4 shower 1 wash face 2 brush teeth 2 rinse grapes, apples full load wash machine mom: communal: rinse salad Electricity/gas personal: desk light laptop on since 8am laptop plugged in overnight microwave tea 2’ microwave oatmeal microwave full laundry load wash machine my load in dryer (except for towels and sheet, that went on drying rack) electric toothbrush 3’ mom: cook cream of wheat on stove put Catherine’s load in dryer’ communal: lights, appliances Food personal: cup of tea with organic milk organic oatmeal with organic whole milk grapes organic whole wheat bread local organic yogurt, local prosciutto, US brand from Virginia apples mom: cream of wheat with organic milk communal: organic green salad pizza carryout (4 for Halloween kids dinner) Halloween candies for trick or treat organic bread Waste personal: mom: lots of plastic wrappers from Ikea furniture communal: three newspaper wrappers plastic bag from organic green grapes compost from salad/veggie peelings Transportation personal: mom: wife: communal: ½ mile late night errand to local grocery store Non food shopping personal: mom: Ikea furniture for Charlotte’s room rug, armchair, mattress, lamp communal: