Saturday, May 25, 2013

Rags: A Beautiful Thing! (Part 1)

Why is this a beautiful thing to me? Rags drying on the line. So I've recycled a few pieces of clothing. Big whoop, you might be saying.

Maybe it IS no big deal. Maybe I get too excited about this kind of recycling. After all, our ancestors did it way back when. Well, I think it is high time we all started doing it again! We generate way too much trash!

These rags are beautiful to me, because each one represents hundreds of paper towels I am not throwing away and, by extension, hundreds of rolls of paper towels I am not buying.

I can't completely stop buying them, because of the cats. For most of our messes, the rags work just fine, but for cat urine, I need to use something disposable to clean up. Fortunately, we have fewer and fewer of those messes to deal with. Every once in a while, someone will miss the box. That's just life with cats.

We also use the paper towels for dealing with work on the car and home improvements. There are, again, just some substances that are too toxic or just won't come out.

I buy three rolls of paper towels about every two months, always recycled. This all results in our putting our trash out at the curb only about every two weeks--and that is with six cats in the house!

I do these kinds of things and write about them, not to brag, but because preserving the planet is very important to me, and it is easier than most people think. I hope that, by sharing what I do, I will teach and motivate others to give it a try.

Happy Memorial Day to those of you here in the U.S.!

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