I use paper towels…
There, I said it!
I’m not proud of it, but the fact is I still have not managed to wean myself from the (bad) habit! I have other bad (eco-unfriendly) habits too, but that’s all you’re going to get out of me here!
I think it’s safe to say that even the most environmentally-responsible among us have areas to work on when it comes to greening up our lives. As I’ve learned in the past year (since we started EcoSherpa), the deeper in you go, the more guilt you feel about your shortcomings.
Thankfully there is place we can go to unleash our eco-sins…for all the world to see – and do so without any worry of being judged or criticised!
It’s called True Green Confessions.
Aside from confessing your own sins, you may also find that reading others confessions helps provide some peace of mind. It’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that all the other ‘greenies’ are way more responsible than you, but a visit to this site is a great reminder of the fact that none of us are perfect.
Some may claim that a site like True Confessions will only serve to foster green laziness. After all, when we think everyone else is way more responsible than us, there is more pressure to clean up our act. Once we realize the ‘truth’, some of that pressure may subside.
Perhaps others would even suggest that the site goes so far as to glorify eco-sins by making it fun to talk about them.
I don’t personally subscribe to either one of these notions. I think it’s a really cool concept for a website. It’s great to be able to share our woes without any fear of being judged.
Plus, I don’t think it’s meant to be taken too seriously!
Here are some sample confessions, in case you are curious:
“I don’t recycle cans because I am afraid it will attract bugs.”
“I drive a big old Armada and I freaking LOVE IT!”
“I tried giving up toilet paper, but I think the flannel squares I cut out of an old sheet gave me an infection.”
It should be mentioned that not all the confessions are from people who feel guilty about their own eco-shortcomings. There actually seem to be quite a few complaints about others who are perceived as not making enough effort (in the eyes of the person making the confession). I can definitely relate to some of those frustrations too.
Anyway, be sure to check out True Green Confessions, and unload some of that green guilt you’ve been bottling up!