Today’s post was inspired by my younger brother. When Rob and I were home for Thanksgiving my brother had an interesting reaction to one of our “habits.” In order to use less water and save a little money we don’t flush the toilet every time we use it. When we visiting it completely did not occur to me that this might bother my brother with whom we shared a bathroom. Bother it did. We quickly rectified our etiquette faux pas.
This situation got me thinking about what different people are comfortable with when it comes to being green and frugal. What seems second nature to some is disgusting to others. I will fully admit that there are certain things I do that are potentially gross to others. There are also things I know that others do that I would not be willing to do.
So what are some of the more “questionable” things I do?
- “Rescue” coupons from the trashcan by our mail box
- Limit toilet flushing to solid waste
- Reuse dish towels
- Use natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda for a lot of my home cleaning
- Freeze leftovers for another meal– this seems normal to me but I know some people who refuse to eat leftovers
- Stretch meat dishes with beans
- Shop in thrift stores
- When we have kids we will use cloth diapers
And what do I refuse to do?
- Dumpster dive for food products
- Allow solid waste to sit in the toilet
- Eat expired food
- Shop at day old bakeries– I don’t know why this weirds me out
- Use “reusable” toilet paper– eww
So where do you draw the line? What do you do that others won’t and what grosses you out?