December 31, 2007
Sometimes, I’m a little sneaky when it comes to this green challenge. I’ve already pledged to wash my clothes in cold water, turn down the temperature on my water heater and take lukewarm showers. But all this time, I’ve been quite content with the hypocrisy of then using warm or hot water to wash my hands before meals or my face before bed.
Finally, though, I’ve decided to take the cold plunge and start restricting myself to only the most frigid water when it comes to these ablutions — I won’t even go near the left-hand tap, I promise!
Because my hands are permanently cold, even in the summer, they shouldn’t mind too much. But there’s something icky about splashing icy water in my face at night. It’ll probably feel refreshing, but also wake me up, which is not what I want when I’m about to crawl in bed.
Oh, and to make up for my sneakiness, I’ll even throw in another cold water commitment: when it comes to washing dishes — you guessed it — I’ll be using 100% f-f-f-freezing H2O.
Photo courtesy of image monkey on Flickr (because a Google Image search for ‘cold water’ turned up a bunch of lousy clip-art and this bizarre photo)
November 19, 2007
It’s common knowledge that fruits and vegetables should be washed before eaten. However, most produce is covered in pesticide strong enough withstand a few rainstorms, so running a bit of tap water over that apple probably isn’t going to make it any less toxic.
There are some natural fruit and vegetable washes out there, which do remove a lot of that stuff, but really, the whole idea of having to buy yet another product, not to mention giving every ingredient in my salad a sponge bath before eating it just seems ridiculous.
Green is Sexy wrote a post a little while ago arguing it was better to at least soak things in a bowl rather than run water over every individual apple or carrot stick. But I’m thinking even this probably won’t do much.
So instead, if something has a disturbingly waxy coating, I’m just going to rub it off a bit on my sleeve and leave it at that. If it’s actually dirty, I’ll give it a quick rinse, but anything that I’m cooking will probably be fine after reaching a certain heat. And finally, because I’m buying organic food as often as possible, there shouldn’t be too many toxins lurking on all those skins and peels to begin with. Today’s green change, then, is to forgo all that rinsing and washing, and just embrace the waxiness of my apples or the bits of soil stuck on my potatoes.
Image courtesy of this website