One of our biggest eco-sins is in the kitchen. I would be fine using home- made wash cloths, despite the fact that they get smelly pretty fast, but the Mr. really likes having sponges or scrubbies to clean the dishes with. We buy a pack from the dollar store and throw out both the plastic wrapper and the sponge when it is finished.
I finally found biodegradable sponges (called Twist) at the one and only Grassroots (well Ok there are two). They are biodegradable, affordable, and the cardboard wrapper can be made into crafts-one that I got is a bird mobile and the other is a bird feeder. The only problem is that they are still wrapped in plastic-sigh. They are good though. They clean well and seem to be good quality. I’ll have to let you know how long they last.
Also at grassroots they have a stainless steel dish set. I have always wanted almost exactly that in a little lunch box to carry with me in case I need to eat somewhere that has disposable dishes. The only thing that could be better is if they collapsed somehow to take up more room. I carry so much on me daily that often I can’t find what I need. My friend Jessie reminded me of a quite I said (which she immortalized in cartoon form) that still holds true after all these years ” I carry everything but I can’t find anything so I may as well have nothing”. Deep.
Oh and speaking of things I have said and done, I was very impressed with myself that I manage to unclog our kitchen sink. Granted, it was my fault that it clogged, but nevertheless I was proud. I tried a plunger, and a coat hanger and baking soda and vinegar, but the water just kept transferring from one side of the double sink to the other. After I had called the landlord, I tried plugging one side and plunging the other and it worked! I called him back to tell him the good news and he asked “how did you fix it?'” I answered ” I’m clever, to which he laughed in agreement. I wanted to add ” and humble too” but I didn’t.