Flickr photo by eyeliamHaving twins increased my carbon footprint. A lot.
Not that I was trudging around looking back at my steps and saying, "Wow, are those my footprints in the sand?"
I am eco-aware and I do the best I can -- I shop local, buy vintage, recycle, use energy-saving light bulbs, prefer chemical-free products, and I am all about the DIY. But if I really really wanted to be super duper extremist eco, I wouldn't have had kids.
In these first four months of my babies' life, we may have wiped out half a forest with all the diapers we have used. And while I have the utmost respect for those who do cloth diapering, it's just not an option for me. The same goes for homemade wipes.
My sister-in-law -- the green Madison, Wisconsin, one -- gave us an incredible (and pricey!) gift when the twins were born. It was an all-natural bath and body set for les babies. We love the chemical-free shampoo and soap, but it also came with cloth wipes and a solution to use those cloth wipes on our babies' bums.
We will not be making homemade wipes.
Let me create a scenario for you -- I live in an apartment, no washer, no dryer. We take our clothes to the laundromat a few blocks away. Showing up with soiled diapers might get us banned for life. As much as I would like to do it, hand-washing is just not going to happen. I mean, I don't even have the time to clean the dust bunnies hopping around my house. Plus all the hot water needed to clean those diapers isn't the most eco-friendly either.
Go on, get mad at me. Let me have it. But remember, I'm not saying I don't do my part to save the planet. I just know that having twins wasn't one of them. Although they may grow up to change the world for the better.
Adoption -- now that's eco-friendly.
Not reproducing -- eco-friendly in it's own way. And there are two women who really believe that -- they won't have babies because they aren't eco-friendly. They look at large families in horror.
That's fine if that's what works for them (still not nice to be mean to large families), but I always fear people who are way way too far to one side or the other.
And while, yes, my twins are a load on my carbon footprint (and my laundry), if my babies didn't exist, they wouldn't grow up to enjoy the Mother Earth so many of us are trying to preserve.
Are you like me -- doing the best you can to be an eco-mama or papa?