When I first spotted the Psling on Keri Russell in Celebrity Baby Blog; I thought to myself, $350 for a piece of fabric and rings; people are crazee (whirling my fingers around my ears) . However, I had to admit it was beautiful. So beautiful that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Then I started obsessing about it and started reading about it all over the internet.
The Baby Wearer, a forum for baby wearing parents and advocates, could not stop raving about its comfort and beauty. So like a sucker; I convinced my significant other to drive to the city (our first time in the year that we moved to PA). so I can try out this incredible piece of fabric. We got to Soho, parked the car, and found our way to PSNY. There was the beautiful sling that I was meant to have. I bought it. (Like a sucker)
So now that I have this beautiful yet expensive piece of fabric tied with two rings, two things come to mind.. guilt… yes.. but bigger part is rebellion. Ever since I took on the challenge of greening up my life, everything had to Eco-friendly. I gave up my beloved Ajax for Mrs. Meyers. My antibacterial dish soap for an Earth friendly one (one that doesn’t clean as well). Tried out the Earth friendly gdiapers which in reality made more work for me. Turn off the powercord, unplug everything, recycle… it’s just exhausting.
Of course I still feel a sense of accomplishment when I do remember to bring my Envirosax and hey, I am a green blogger. I am contributing. I just have to remember that and not be so hard on myself. I know.. the Earth is going to end soon because we are creating a mad havoc on it.. but when an obviously Eco-conscious mother feels somewhat guilty for procreating; we have to ask ourselves… are we going too far?
When someone is trying to make a more sustainable choices, don’t criticize them for all the “other” 100 things they are not doing. Like one Tree Hugger staff who got a lot of flack for buying an SUV. He made a choice based on his needs. If he’s doing 10 other things that good for the Environment; then that’s enough. It’s better than nothing at all. Just because you write about the environment; doesn’t mean that you have turn into the next Thoreau on the Walden Pond.
So I am not really sure how my purchase of a Psling turned into a diatribe about “being green” to other’s taste. I guess I have come across couple of thoughts in the last couple of days about how some environmental writers are being shamed into not being Eco-friendly enough. I could see if someone was not making ONE sustainable choice but that is almost always not the case.
In this case, it was a moment of weakness (although it is handmade with non-toxic dyes and masterly crafted) . However, I should remember all the other Eco-conscious choices I am making on a daily basis and feel good about that. So to the Tree Hugger writer who decided to get an SUV for your family… Ride On Brother.. Ride on.
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[This post was written by Susie Kim.]