The message is all around us: Everybody must do their part to save the planet. So, in order to do our part we recycle, we walk insteaad of driving, we compost our food and we mulch our gardens.
Or do we?
Nobody is perfect, and even the most strident eco-friendly person slacks off now and again.
I do my best to be good to Mother Earth. But I slip up. A lot.
For example, I find I use plastic in more areas of my life than in the past. The reason? There are more plastic products available now, and fewer “natural” -i.e. wood, fiber, leather, etc.- than there used to be. Last summer was especially difficult for me as I suffered the worst cockroach infestation I've ever known. Not only did I fill a dumpster with much of my belongings, I used chemicals, smoke bombs, and traps to help eradicate the problem. And then I bought plastic tubs to store the rest of my possessions. Tubs and tubs and tubs. And now I live surrounded by plastic – and I feel safer and more secure than I did before!
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