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Things that you do but know you shouldn't...

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babyonboard Fri 26-May-06 15:42:55

For us..

I refuse to reuse cooking always has a nasty taste..seems very wasteful though..

We use disposable nappies..we tried washables, but it's too much work and looking at figures on how much energy washing reusables costs I'm even more convinced.
We now buy the 'moltex' biodegradable ones..since we had nappy rash etc, but still feel a bit guilty..

We do the bulk of our shop in the supermarket most weeks..theres only so much you can get from local butcher/farmers markets etc..

I buy lithium batteries..nothing worse than a battrey running out at a cruial moment and these last for ages..

babyonboard Fri 26-May-06 15:43:04


Jessajam Fri 26-May-06 15:47:10

supermarket shopping
not always recycling the cat food yukky to clean <guilt guilt lazy cow!>

GDG Fri 26-May-06 15:49:04

Too numerous to mention. I'm not the 'greenest' person.

foxinsocks Fri 26-May-06 15:52:28

I hadn't even thought about the ones you mention (do people really reuse cooking oil?)

I sometimes get peed off with the size of my cardboard recycling pile and bin it instead but I am doing so well with my new food recycling bin so I feel that redeems me!

I also haven't flown anywhere for years.

dinosaure Fri 26-May-06 15:57:05

Disposables are my big guilt-trip thing. Have tried cloth nappies but...

expatinscotland Fri 26-May-06 15:59:48

What finally convinced me to use cloth was the way the bin smelled. Oh boak! And it's been cold here, can only imagine if it ever warms up. YUK. We've got no garden or wheelie bin, have to haul bin liner down to large bins in car park.

dinosaure Fri 26-May-06 16:02:17

'Twas getting the damn things onto the DSs that put me off using cloth ones. Seemed so much harder than putting on disposables! That and the fact that they seemed to make DS1's eczematous legs much worse... Oh, and the fact that it seemed nigh on impossible to get a pair of trousers on over the top...

But this is just feeble of me, I know. What is good is that everyone I know who's become a parent for the first time recently is using clothies.

Socci Fri 26-May-06 16:06:38

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blueteddy Fri 26-May-06 16:08:33

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babyonboard Fri 26-May-06 16:14:41

cooking oil..hmm..
mu gran uses it over and over..
and so do most of my friends..

it doesn't taste good fair enough..but how can it be bad for you..surely the heat it gets to rids any nasties!?
as for my gran.. she still lives as if in the
she'll freak out if they don't have 6 bags of sugar and flour..a sack of poataoes and onions, 10 tins of beans etc..

babyonboard Fri 26-May-06 16:16:38

and we have a washer's the best thing we've ever bought..
we got it when I was getting very sick of the baby washing all over every surface in the house trying to dry it..and it improved my selfishly i feel great about it...

MrsBadgerTheCelloPedaller Fri 26-May-06 16:17:08

use a dishwasher

sheer laziness but is so nice only to have to wash knives and pans
Do recycle an awful lot though, and don't use a hose...

babyonboard Fri 26-May-06 16:21:43

i'd love a dishwasher..and as my d.p insists on doing the washing up..and does it by running hot water constantly and washing each thing under it at a time it might even be less wasteful for us to have one..

Saggarmakersbottomknocker Fri 26-May-06 16:28:04

Dishwashers are OK if you run them on a full load. I usually switch mine off midway through drying to save on the electric.

dinosaure Fri 26-May-06 16:32:21

Our dishwasher only uses 14 litres of water and we only run it once a day - I'm convinced it uses a lot less water than constantly washing up by hand, especially as for some reason we have to run the tap in the kitchen for ages before the water comes hot!

dinosaure Fri 26-May-06 16:32:50

babyonboard, get one - we got ours two weeks ago and I'm just in love with it!

dinosaure Fri 26-May-06 16:33:57

I don't quite get how you can reuse cooking oil? Apart from in a chip pan, obviously?

FioFio Fri 26-May-06 16:35:52

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BonyM Fri 26-May-06 16:38:52

I read somewhere that dishwasher do use less water than washing up by hand.

My "sins" -

Flushing tampons sometimes.
Shopping at Tesco (it's the only place I can get some of the things I want.
Have an organic veg box but end up throwing stuff away every week (so wasteful).
Don't recycle cans or cardboard (do paper and glass only).
Throw compostable waste in the bin (keep meaning to get a compost bin).
Throw the water from the tumble drier down the sink rather than use it to water the plants.

I do use cloth nappies and washable wipes though .

BonyM Fri 26-May-06 16:39:21

Ahh - Fio read it too...

MrsBadgerTheCelloPedaller Fri 26-May-06 16:55:04

oh, so dishwashers aren't so bad?

[thinks of another sin]

I flush tampons too. Always thought they were cotton and would biodegrade eventually
Am only finishing current stocks before I join the mooncup posse though...

babyonboard Fri 26-May-06 17:06:56

forgive me if I'm stupid,
but why is flushing tampons worse than putting them in bins..

FioFio Fri 26-May-06 17:08:50

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babyonboard Fri 26-May-06 17:26:34

surely not..
doesn't most of it get filtered pretty locally..

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