Three Simple Blessings We May Give to Nature
And Be Blessed In Return with Tangible Money-Saving
Wash and Dry with the Same Cloth!
A terry cloth dish towel makes a superior wash cloth, in our view, compared with the little square of cloth that we moderns have been handed as the wash cloth. One can readily sling the longer dish cloth around the back and give a good scrubbing. And there is enough of it, when wrung out after the shower or bath is finished, to provide a perfectly adequate drying towel. Drying to pleasantly damp is enjoyable, especially when one considers the amount of laundry detergent gurgling down hundreds of millions of drains and into our waterways that was solely devoted to washing the towels that daubed wet bodies after bathing. Those bath towels constitute a significant portion of a family’s wash load, week after week, month after month, year after year. Since the switch to the “damp dry” saves our waterways, saves the mother who has to launder those huge loads as much as half or more of that stack of work, and even saves a significant stack of spendable green that once bought gallons of detergent, gallons of water, and plenty of wear and tear on those washers & dryers, why not celebrate the simplicity of a single wash and dry cloth?
Re-Use Paper Towels!
When working or ‘out and about’, you may notice a shiny barrel in the rest room of your workplace, or the restaurant, or health club, that is about overflowing with those snow-white hand towels, just as you are about to toss the one you just used to wipe your freshly rinsed fingers into the avalanche of similarly moistened paper. Why not take a moment to contemplate the fact that those paper towels were made from living beings: trees.
Appreciate the fact that plants unsheathed the sugar molecules, our “energy molecule” to offer to us in exchange for our grateful symbiosis, and synthesized the protein that built our muscles, bones, and organs. Neither our cattle nor our seafood or any other animal can synthesize the protein we need to maintain healthy metabolic processes. Plants synthesize the protein and sugars we depend upon via photosynthesis, (you can ask any Biology teacher, and they will verify that.) Did we forget plants are sentient beings and fall into assuming that they are material commodities that grow just to be cut and used? Plants are lives of the Infinite Life just as legitimately as humans or any other animal species are lives of the Infinite Life. Plants may complain less, but there is no doubt that plants feel; the responses of plants to various helpful and harmful stimuli have been measured (galvanometric responses). That paper towel may have been extensively processed, but it is the flesh of a living being. Many, even most of us, love trees in one way, or to one degree or another. Conserving paper is just a way to make ourselves more thoughtful regarding the fact that we are inter-dependent with plants not only for the molecules that nourish, but even for the oxygen rich breath which feeds the flame of life within our cells. We breathe out carbon dioxide which, in turn, provides the breath of Life to our friends, the plants. Now, as you consider tossing another barely used paper towel onto that snow white heap in the rest room, note rather the extensive potential of that material in your hand and place it, carefully folded, into your pocket, or an airy pouch within or upon whatever bag or pack you may be carrying. I have found that when next the rest room calls, that folded towel is virtually dry and ready to serve the need of our moistened fingertips once again (and again). I have frankly used them repeatedly on my freshly rinsed hands.
And when they finally start to look and feel “used” they can be cycled down again for yet another surprising blessing. The paper towel, especially when moistened with a few drops of water, (or a little spittle), makes, honestly, a far superior device for wiping our bottom after using the toilet than any of that tissue paper I was raised to use for the task. First, one or two thicknesses of moistened towel will suffice, and the feel is smooth and positive. I have come to refer to the diaphanous paper I and practically everyone else has been using for the task, as “eyelash paper” because it is so delicate it certainly is qualified for this higher task. But, as for the more “down in dirty” task of wiping our butt ends, the more durable paper towel, (or dinner napkin, for that matter), moistened, is immeasurably better suited.
Use a Chamber Pot!
When I was formulating the Independent Study entitled “Clean Water, Rich Land” (also published on “TheUniverseAlive.org”), I came upon a water-use chart published by the Environmental Protection Agency a few years before. It showed that fully 27 percent of the total water used in our residences (the USA), was used to flush the toilet. Of course, the more advanced citizens have already switched out their old-fashioned ‘gallon-and-a-half per flush’ toilets for the more modern “low-flow” designs. Still, if the number of flushes used on average was reduced from five or six, (or seven, in UK), to one or two flushes per person, the water–use would be reduced by 60 to 80 percent or more. And that translates not only to savings for our Planet, it translates into dollars-and-cents savings per month practicality for families and individuals who usually have a well-founded interest in such benefits.