By Catherine Moran
This past weekend, I was feeling a bit under the weather. Nothing too extreme, just a bit of a cold. It got me thinking that not feeling top notch is a good time to be green, in the environmentally-friendly sense. This post is more reflective than prescriptive, but, hey, it’s the best I can do with a fuzzy, stuffed head.
I spent part of my weekend marathoning the BBC show Orphan Black, which I recommend. It’s a fun ride.
I was so entranced by the show that I didn’t realize I’d been watching in the dark (well, with candles going). And, I was watching on my computer, and not the tv. One less electronic device in use. Plus, it was a gorgeous weekend, sunny but not too hot, so no fans or AC were needed. I will say that this might in some way make up for the number of emergen-C packets I went through this weekend (though I also drank a bottle of kombucha; the bottle was glass, and can be recycled). Anyone know of a green alternative to emergen-C that isn’t individually packaged?
While I did not manage to make myself soup, I resolved to make sure I replenish my dry barley soup mixes. Great recipes, like this one, abound throughout the interwebz. They look very nice inside your cabinet, and once they’re portioned out correctly, making them into a meal is a quick business. I share the recommendation for barley soup because 1) I’m a pescatarian, and 2) I never thought chicken soup ever really made me feel better (plus, it smells like wet dog to me…sorry for sharing that). However, whenever I haven’t felt well and eat barely soup, I usually feel better the next day. Guess I should get on that now…
I also think it’s time I turned some old clothes into handkerchiefs, or bought some on Etsy. First of all, they can be swanky (check out this design that has multiple in a flip book format). Second of all, I won’t be tossing out tons of tissues. And I’m sure fabric would commit fewer crimes against my nose.
They’d be easy enough to wash by hand, or in an old peanut butter jar (filled with soapy water, powered by my own strength), and I could throw them in the wash whenever I do a large load. The idea of putting them in with clothes in the laundry is slightly icky to me, but when I think about what I’ve probably sat in on the subway…it’ll be fine.
I’ll let you know how the hanky bit goes if I decide to invest in a purchase rather than cut up some old tees or pajama pants.
Au revoir for now, greenies!
Adventures in Greening is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Monday at noon. It is written by the very eco-conscious Catherine Moran. Follow Catherine on Twitter @folowbredcrumbs, or check out her excellent book blog.