This morning on my way to work I took a peek at the front page of NY Metro to find that Columbia's students have started a program called Greenborough's where a certain amount of students live in a "greenborough" dorm. At first this sounds very cool, who wouldn't want to lessen the carbon footprint, especially in a way too overcrowded city like NY? Then I opened the article. Along with limiting showers to 5 minutes (yes thats only 5 MINUTES!), all furniture is made of cardboard and next to their bed (I assume this only because they live in dorms and if they were in an apt, this would be different) is a worm bin! Yes! filled with worms! that they sleep next to! My first thoughts are, worms and food that the worms are fed to create compost, attract bugs, which attract spiders, so they are sleeping next to some pretty crazy stuff over at Columbia. So in reading more, I learned that there was a cover, which is a good thing because them, I'm hoping anyways, that the smell won't attract bugs, or thank God, spiders. Doesn't seem so bad now. I'm actually thinking about getting one but I wonder if they are allowed to be kept outside? I'd feel much better about that.
I guess this is a green issue paper cause as I keep reading, I come across an article by a woman who has a blog and who has gone green by making 366 green changes to her life. She sold her car and rides a bike everywhere, she brings a water bottle everywhere she goes, and she uses a cotton cloth to wipe herself after she goes to the bathroom....ummm I'm all for cotton diapers, but cotton toilet paper just sounds like so much work! That would create loads of extra laundry for me, and I'd have to do laundry practically every day. Not to mention what happens with #2???? There's something else too...she uses something called a Diva Cup during menstruation instead of tampons. I didn't know what this was, so I looked it up...its a cup thats inserted internally into the vagina canal, it lasts up to 12 hours before its full, and then it must be taken out, emptied, cleaned and reinserted. I don't really know how I feel about this...pads, sure no big deal, tampons can get annoying, but taking out a cup full of blood every 12 hours? just alittle much for me! Her blog is: Compulsive Overreader
What do you think about what it means to "Be Green" in todays world? Would you or do you practice being green in any of these ways?