I’m no tree hugger, but of course I think we should be sensible about being responsible with our environment. I do my part to reduce, reuse and recycle as well as the next guy.
I also like the idea of not using paper napkins, which happen to be made from virgin wood and represent the height of wastefulness. I have designed a clothing line that has what’s called a "dining sleeve." The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another "dining sleeve," after usage. The design will offer the "diner" the convenience of wiping his mouth on his sleeve rather than throwing out yet another barely used paper product. I think this idea could also translate quite well to those suffering with an annoying head cold.
A "dining sleeve". A "DINING SLEEVE"? For ten years I have said "don’t wipe your mouth on your shirt" with such regularity I’ve thought about tattooing it on my forehead, and now this? If the word gets out in the ten-and-under-crowd, we moms are doomed.
But wait! There’s more!
One of my favorites is in the area of forest conservation which we heavily rely on for oxygen. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don’t want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required.
At first thought, this idea might work in my favor. If we legislate toilet paper usage, perhaps my children would stop using wads the size of basketballs to do their "business". But one sheet? I’m thinking the amount of hand soap and germ killer we’d need to make this idea livable would overwhelm any environmental savings, don’t you?
Clearly, Ms. Crow should stick to Soaking Up the Sun, because with this little suggestion, she won’t be soaking up much else.
(I’m sorry, that joke was just begging to be worked in.)
*UPDATE* Sheryl is now saying this was all a joke, and that just "glad people are talking about global warming." Um, Sheryl? That’s not what they’re talking about…
Thanks to Carrie for the link.