Welcome to the January 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Confessions. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about areas of their life where they aren’t as “green” as they may want to be.
My Green Confession
As a frugal, green blogger, I’m always thinking about ways to recycle, reduce, or reuse items or green our habits to make sure the carbon footprint for our family of 7 is as small as it can be. Overall, we do really well. For example, I cloth diapered 4 kids, and every week, our recycling container is chock full of items while we only put out one bag of trash a week.
However, I have one small confession. My children’s school is a mile from our home. I drive my kids to school, and I pick them up in the afternoon. I also drive to school every time I have lunch duty. I drive my kids to soccer instead of doing the 10 minute walk.
Yes, I have a 16 year old jogging stroller that I could use to carry my youngest son back and forth. Sure, it’s only a 15 minute walk to school, and a 10 minute walk to soccer. Yes, I have a bike with a trailer which I could use to carry kids and stuff.
Driving my 4 kids is one thing I do for me instead of thinking about the planet. I’d much rather drive 5 minutes down the road and back again than try to get persuade 4 kids to walk back and forth along a busy road twice a day. I’d rather drive to the library which is about 2 miles from our house than walk there, or ride my bike.
What’s Your Green Confession?
Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed: