I thought I’d liven up this otherwise boring Monday here at Thistle headquarters by doing something different, something other than a product switch or turning off more appliances; really thinking outside the box and coming up with something you won’t find on all the redundant Top 10 Ways to Go Green lists out there.
What might it be, you ask? Why am I rambling on like a bad journalist and burying the lead? Well, let’s just say I’m a little paranoid that, after doing this, I’m going to be the first search result when people Google the words “Vanessa” and “naked”.
OK, enough stalling: My green move today is to sleep in nothing but my birthday suit. This means no more pajamas to wash and dry, thus cutting back on my weekly laundry load.
There are just two caveats with this change: one, if I’m staying at a friend’s house or a hotel, I’m going to wear something — which is less due to modesty than common courtesy, not to mention hygienic purposes when it comes to all those bacterial residues lurking on hotel beds; and two, if December rolls around and despite multiple blankets, hot water bottles and strategically placed cats, I’m still shivering in bed, I’m going to have to bring out the flannel PJs.
Some people sleep naked all the time — especially boys, and especially in the summer. But I’ve always been way too in love with my pretty Eberjey nighties, Elle McPherson camis and other bank-account draining “intimate apparel” to just go commando. Plus, my bed is about three feet away from a floor-to-ceiling window with translucent curtains that looks directly onto a busy street, so I do have to respect those on their morning commute.
But I think this will prove to be a minimalistic, freeing experience that will ease my eco-guilt as well as the strain on my bank account. At worst, it’ll make me realize the importance of a high thread count.