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One Local Summer; Week 9

Oh, this is getting tougher than I thought…but delicious! Local brats with potatoes. (Some potatoes local, some not.) Salt and some olive oil (on the potatoes.) Best brats I ever had. Yes, I said it again (the “best I ever had” part.)


Keeping it green in the bathroom

Keeping what green, you may ask? (Or shudder to think.) Of course I speak of the toilet paper, the main paper waste coming from my household with three small children who are still in the earlier days of solo toilet paper usage, which usually results in massive overuse. At this point in their lives, my husband and I are all about adequate wiping, which includes the reminder for frequent flushings (yes, water waste galore), but we’re aiming not only for hygiene but the avoidance of yet another late night overflow.Multiple incidents leave us with this, our kitchen focal point for visiting guests to gaze at in wonder.
Multiple incidents leave us with this, our kitchen focal point for visiting guests to gaze at in wonder.

So how can we attempt to make up at least some of the anti-green hole we dig ourselves every time someone uses half a roll and countless gallons in the bathroom? 100% recycled toilet paper. Now, we’re starting from a Scott tissue 1-ply 1000 sheet roll, so the transfer to a greener alternative wasn’t a rough thing for us to do (pun intended.) However, I did go with a 2-ply, which for us is actually somewhat of a luxury. Can you see the difference?Good book for reading....wherever you wish.
Good book for reading….wherever you wish.

The 500 count 2-ply Seventh Generation toilet paper is our (my) new paper of choice. I thought the rolls would go much faster (twice as fast, to be exact) but it seems that the added “ply” is helping the kids get the heft and performance they’re looking for since roll change frequency hasn’t seemed much different to me. (And no, nobody else changes the rolls, though they’ve tried, but that spring loaded spindle and nearby open toilet gets them every time.) An added bonus is that this toilet paper dissolves quickly and is even recommended for camping and septic systems, so along with my little frequent flushers this gives me extra peace of mind that we won’t get any (as many?) overflow issues before everyone has this process down pat.

My definition of going green….

My definition of “going green” is a pretty loose one. It includes not only protecting the environment by using friendlier items (the laundry soap for example), and trying to eat locally, but also by servicing the community both locally and globally by doing things, however small, that can help others thrive and make the world a better place. One thing I’ve become involved in recently is becoming a lender with Kiva. In their words:

“Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.

The people you see on Kiva’s site are real individuals in need of funding – not marketing material.”

It’s very humbling to see what people are doing with their lives, and a wonderful feeling to be able to help, in however small a way. Loan amounts start at only $25! I’ve shown this site and explained what it’s for to my two older children, and they’re excited to read about all of the people out there and what they’re doing, and are psyched to loan their own money to help out (and being very young, the minimum loan about breaks their banks). It’s a great way to show them, anyone!, how other people live, how small the world really is, and how even they can help make it a better place.