We've tried. We've really tried.
We've cut down on our plastic wrap usage dramatically by covering things in the microwave only when absolutely necessary -- and then, we use a plate or an (unbleached, recycled) paper towel instead.
The kiddos use regular ceramic plates and cups, and it's nowhere near the disaster we feared when we first handed our littlest ones the "real stuff."
We buy waxed paper sandwich bags and use them as much as we can.
But we are simply in love with Ziploc bags. Can't raise a kid without them. Can't even imagine it. Especially the "snack" sized ones. Even though they clog landfills just as much as the ginormous double-layer gallon ones. But the truth is, we have 'em all, and we love 'em all.
It's just one of those areas where baby steps will have to do. At least for now. We'll try to do well all the other things we do to protect our beautiful Earth. And when we're perfect at all of those, we'll think about the Ziploc bags.
Whew. Good to get that off our chests.
And you? What's your "be realistic" thought about green parenting, and what are you doing about it?
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