Renew, Reuse, Recycle

I like to think that I do my part.

I mean…I bring my reusable grocery bag into the store…ok…some of the time.

I haven't used Aqua Net since 1989.  That has to count for something!

I don't throw garbage out the window….wait…there was last week when…ok forget this one.

I give a hoot and don't pollute most of the time…just ignore the sentence above.


I can go days without washing my hair…think of all the water I am saving!!!!

I buy vintage items and re purpose them!

I use my leftover coffee to dye tags:-)

OK…maybe I could be a little more green.

The truth is I don't recycle everything because you have to pay for it here and I always forget to order the special bins…honest….I mean to.

I drive an SUV and love it.

I have used disposable diapers for all my kids and I am not ashamed…nothing you can say here will make me feel bad.

I would like to point out that I use nontoxic cleaners, dish detergent and laundry soap…oooooohhhhh…..I just remembered that I have a front loading washer and dryer…come on…give me some points.

All of this is to set you up for a little incident that happened to me at the Country Living Entrepreneur Conference, in Chicago, this past May.

At the end of the conference all the women were given a canvas tote with products from advertisers.

Before I move on I want you to know that I was already carrying a large purse, had heels on, had done a lot of walking and I was taking the train back out of the city.

As we were leaving the building I was looking through the tote.  Rice (rice???)  Full size soft soap….are you getting the picture?  Lots of samples and some full size items.

The tote was not my style and it was full of products I didn't want or I don't use.

It was also large and heavy.

I took out what I could use and I looked for a garbage can.

Please.  No judgment.  Oh, go ahead I don't care!

As I was walking away from the garbage cans there were two girls behind me that said loudly,"That is worse than littering"



Because I thought dropping the tote and its contents on the ground and walking away would be worse than finding a garbage can.

Silly me.

I told them that they were free to take it out of the garbage…which they did.

They then said very judgmentally and LOUDLY…."Renew, reuse, recycle"

I replied…"whatever"……under my breath. 

When is it ok to shout out all your beliefs to complete strangers?

I have never walked past an obese person and said, "Cut back on the carbs".

Even though I don't like walking through cigarette smoke I have never shouted out, "Those things will kill you and you stink".

While getting groceries in Walmart I have never proclaimed, "The 80s are GONE".

So.  Just so we are clear. 

I will never use these.


Or these.


Or this.


If any of you use the above items that is AWESOME…just please don't yell at me because I don't:-)

If I am coming to your conference please give me this bag and I won't throw it out.


Fill it with these and I will embrace my green self.




Just so we are clear.

Share this Post


  1. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

    You are so funny…I am crying right now!!!! You go girl, tell those snotty green granola eaters where to stick their canvas bags and soft soap! My husband refers to those cars as dumb cars by the way. LOVED this post. Can’t wait to meet you in person. I need to laugh:)

  2. Tricia Whisler

    Oh my, is that pink thingy a pad????? If it is, that is disgusting! I too drive a SUV and LOOOOOVE it. I also have to admit, I throw away pop cans. I live in the country with no trash pick up so it’s kind of, no it IS a total pain in the arse to recycle. I do reuse grocery bags tho, does that count?

  3. Lori

    Jeanne, you should have passed out one of those re~usable pad thingies with your post…i nearly peed myself…LOL…you are SO funny…i appreciate your honesty…i think people get a little “green crazy” if you ask me…we do recycle pop cans and paper…but it is free here…oh, and BONUS we get $ for the pop cans…

  4. Kimberly

    (and for the record – to becky – jeanne had me laughing so hard I was crying… and no, I will never get tired of sharing that fact…)

  5. Stephanie O.

    My mom taught me that if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all! Wish more people’s moms (i.e. those women’s mothers) would have taught them that mantra.
    Along the same lines, I saw on etsy that people sew re-usable maxi pads out of fabric and people actually buy them. Now that is just going too far! I’ll recycle my Ice Mountain waterbottles and all the household newspapers and magazines, and even take items to the recycling center’s “reuse sidewalk” for others to take, but that crazy maxi pad thing is just not for this girl…

  6. Teresa

    Ok, I’m still shocked. Maxi pads!!! Some things do not need to be cute!!
    Who thought that up?
    I can’t wait to tell my girlfriends. I bet most people have never imagined that sort of thing.

  7. Glenda

    “When is it okay to shout out all your beliefs to strangers”, you asked.
    You mean like saying on a blog post that you’ll never wear cloth pads or use cloth diapers or drive an eensy little car ;-). Those are certainly beliefs being put out there among strangers (surely I’m not the only person who found your blog via Blogging for Bliss).
    Different strokes for different folks!! That’s what keeps things interesting.

  8. Vintage Modern Girl

    i love and applaud your honesty!! i do recycle and try to do my best to reuse…but we can’t do it all, right? i would have done the same thing with that bag if i had been in your shoes!

  9. Rachel

    Too funny! πŸ˜‰ I LOVE the bag and all three of the lovelies pictured beneath it!
    Also, thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Stop back by soon! πŸ˜‰

  10. Wendy

    That “cherry” pad is just disgusting. I CANNOT imagine reusing such a thing! Won’t even go there. I try to be green too, but I drive a BIG black suburban. How else do you get 4 kids and 2 adults around and still go to Costco?

  11. Lara Blair

    Well-said! Laughing uncontrollably out here in WA. Loved this post.
    You’re getting a cherry pad for Christmas, btw….in lots of different cheery fabrics, mostly pink ones with flowers.

  12. Rachel

    Oh dear god, that IS a pad, isn’t it? I would NEVER use one of those either! And I’m with you on the disposable diapers. I paid oodles of money to buy the re-usable diapers when my daughter was born. We used them for about 2 days and then I gave up. She soaked through ever few minutes. That can’t be good.
    I think we all try to do our part – how could we not with all the advertising about recycling, etc. But those girls were simply being judgemental and critical. And they had NO right. Self-righteous little… well, I’ll stop there πŸ™‚

  13. Amy Muffoletto

    Okay…. Can I just say…”I love YOU!” I find your blog posts uplifting, real with an extra scoop of real and heaping table spoon of hilarious!!!! I get so excited every time I see you have posted something new but have never laughed so hard while reading one of your posts… I love your style, Love your honesty and think people should be bucked off their high horse every now and then { mean green ladies } They just wanted more free products…LOL. Now, how green is greedy!!!!

  14. Amy Muffoletto

    P.S. Anyone buying those fabric {maxi} pads has to have bought them as a gag gift…. either that or they never plan on leaving the house! May be for someone but not for me!!!!
    If everyone can do a little it means a lot!

  15. A.Love

    Oh Em Gee!!!!!!!!! Is that a reusable PAD that you just showed?! My jaw dropped, the laughter stopped, I almost threw up…OH MY GOSH….
    I have no words….That’s going RED and beyond WRONG!!
    Awesome post.

  16. Tracy

    LOVE this post. I love how this ‘going green’ thing is like a religion to some people…it is such an excuse for people to make themselves feel superior over other people…and for some reason, i guess ‘going green’ sometimes mean ‘going mean’.
    I don’t care if you recycle or throw your trash in the ocean – neither of them make it OK to be RUDE.
    you are fabulous. and i L.O.V.E. disposable diapers and PADS. c’mon. that’s just all sorts o’nasty.
    xoxox πŸ™‚ we MUST hang out. enjoy some wine in styrofoam cups together.

  17. /

    It’s 1:13 feet hurt. I’ve just finished cleaning the house for my Auntie Georgia’s week long visit, which starts tomorrow…I still have to take a shower. I was out in the dirt all day with my handyman. He built a dog-proof gate for me out of lumber from the roof of the house we moved. I’m tired…did I mention that my feet hurt. So what do I do? I’m standing here grubby and sore..and just read your post and laughed out loud. (I have a problem with abbreviating that..I just can’t do it.) But I could say to those girls, “Judge not lest ye be judged.” One of my neighbors has one of those tiny the mountains…where we get several feet of snow…where almost everyone drinks and drives giant trucks…that’s a smart move. I drive an SUV..which takes ethenal…which they don’t sell anywhere I know…that makes sense.
    Have a beautiful weekend, Jeanne!

  18. Jerri

    Oh dear, funny post…I am cracking up and this resuable “pad”…makes me glad I don’those parts anymore! ha ha….Keep on keeping real! I awarded you with an honest scrap award so if you have time link to my blog and play along. πŸ™‚

  19. traci

    oh jeanne. i am laughing hysterically. great post. some people have a lot of nerve. come on, those cherry maxi pad things. that is disgusting. no way in —-, i would reuse and recycle that way. have a great day!!

  20. Judy

    You crack me up! Just wanted to let you know that I left you an award on my blog..I really appreciate you sharing your life with us.

  21. Sarah

    Eh, shouting at one other is rude for certain. But if I were near other people and I was holding something like that I didn’t want I would offer it to someone around me before I just threw it away. Not only would it have saved it from the trash, but it probably would have made someone else happy. A win/win situation.

  22. Leah C

    No judging here…like you, I try to “go green” when I can. I don’t litter. I use canvas bags. I even cut up the plastic thingies that hold sodas together{so it won’t hurt the fishies, etc}. But, that pad? Never, never.
    Those girls were rude…you were sensible.
    Those girls were slightly obnoxious…you are so hilarious! Great post:)

  23. Tara

    Dying laughing!
    honesty is the best policy in my book..happy weekend…
    P.s. did you see my blog post about I have NOTHING to wear…apprently you need to come and take me shopping according to some of the comments! πŸ™‚ so when ya coming down?

  24. deb famularo

    Hi Jeanne! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment on my blog! What a treat your blog is! lol @ Aqua Net! HA!
    You are awesome! xOxO deb

  25. susan

    thanks for the smile πŸ™‚ i love that last coat! i try to do my part but i’m sure i could do more. but those pads won’t be part of the plan. enjoy your weekend!

  26. tracey

    Oh Jeanne, where do I even begin :)…K told me about your post, and I had to race on over! You know I’m a green girl, and “hard core,” as some might say…but I laughed hysterically at this post πŸ™‚ I think it sounds like you do quite a bit of enviro friendly stuff, and that’s a heck of a lot better than most! I still luv ya!!!!!!
    πŸ™‚ T

  27. heather

    I recycle everything I can and still find this hilarious. It reminded me of my mother somehow. She’s notorious for leaving my grandfather’s apple orchard with tons of fruits and vegetables my grandfather forces on her and she’ll throw them out the window on the drive home. I tell her, “There are children starving in the world.” And she replies, “You could mail it to them.” (she’s a smarta– & has never recycled a thing in her life.) But I do drive a mid-sized SUV. That is my own flaw. I just like trucks! With that, a great post that shows your true sense of humour! & I couldn’t help noticing that Oprah Winfrey commented on your blog!?! That’s the big time, kiddo. πŸ˜‰
    p.s. thank-you for your kind words on my blog. my son is doing much better.

  28. LuLu

    So funny!!! there is a reason certain things were invented! and i’m refusing to go back! LOL they don’t recycle where we live so I “try” to take the stuff to the recycle place and then i find my garage full of recycling and it gets put in the trash so i can find the car!
    This post was a great addition to a relaxing Friday!

  29. Audrey

    This is hilarious. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Check back for great places we visit and design inspiration. What a great blog you have!

  30. I love your honesty! You know I try, and some things I can jump right on board with, while others I struggle with or refuse to do. The pad made me giggle out loud ~ I think you recycle plenty! Have a wonderful week-end.

  31. Anne @ The City Sage

    Oh my goodness–I adore your blog! I’ve been reading your archives and cracking up! Thanks so much for stopping by mine and leading me to yours πŸ™‚
    And I will never, ever, buy a re-usable maxi pad.

  32. koralee

    I adore your clever and amazingly cute post today! I could easily become more Green…especially if Green looked like those lovely items at the end at the end of your post! xoxoxo Forget the cherry maxi pad…I will be laughing for days…wait until I show my daughters!

  33. Kathleen

    What a wonderful post!! It’s so refreshing to hear some real honesty!! Funny too, and that maxi pad?? Ugghhhh – I never knew there was such a thing. I drive an SUV too. With all the kids and two dogs plus trips to the grocery store, is there any other way? I mean, really! Loved it my friend! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  34. Jill

    i agree. though some people can deal with re-usable diapers, i don’t think i could. not to mention thats a lot of extra laundry, chemicals etc…and as for the re-usable pads, gross. i actually saw those for sale at a farmer’s market type thing in Arcata, CA where i used to live.
    on a separate note, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, i recently saw a display of art that included what at first looked like 7 pieces of stained wool/cotton. when I read the panel, it turned out to be one woman’s week of menstrual blood. eww..i don’t even like to look at my own blood. the crazy things people think up astound me on a daily basis.

  35. Jill

    oh, and i meant to ask you, where is that bag from (the white leather one that you would not turn down)? I LOVE it and want it.

  36. Janean

    Wouldn’t those “pads” make a different kind of pollution…as in the quality of air? I’m gagging right now. *wink*

  37. Kara

    Seriously!? I despise people like that. It’s kind of like, feel free to live your life and have your opinions, just please don’t push them on me. You should have reused your middle finger at them over and over and over and over and…

  38. Anne Marie

    that was hilarious! seriously laughing here…..
    it is SO true how “they” make going green is more important than one’s faith….if you are good there, in your faith, they I say THAT is what characterizes you as a good person…….because when you honor God, then you obviously would honor all His creations, including the earth and animals –
    besides, those two moron chicks were just jealous………

  39. Destiny (The Ruffled Nest)

    I don’t recycle ANYTHING…I always mean to, but never do. I even toss my magazines in the trash (after ripping out my favorite pages and photos). I, as well, will NEVER consider anything besides Pampers for my baby girl and you’re doing better than me…I don’t even own a reusable grocery tote…except for the free one they gave me when shopping at Marshall’s one day ~ Tried to save up my Mountain Dew cans for a month…had two FULL garbage bags…was going to use the money to put in my daughter’s piggy bank…we only got 16 cents…just not worth it to me…call me lazy, but throwing it in the (real) trash is just easier for me! I praise the people who can be green though…I’m just not one of them…Love the post!

  40. Jennifer O'Brien

    I love reading your blogs, they REALLY make me laugh. You always say everything I think and feel but never say, so thanks for being honest! Hysterically honest blog, makes me feel so much better:)!

  41. Molly @ Star Cottage

    Love this post. Sorry you were harrased by some Meany Greenies! We try to be green in some ways, but I don’t make it my religion either. Some people are just hateful. We used cloth diapers and liked them. But my girls are allegic to disposable diapers and latex products, so we had to find an alternative.

  42. Thanks for the information about recycling other stuffs.we save the earth by recycling the old things. Well I just want to know the safe and right way to sell and recycle old mobile phones and other types of electrical
    products for cash. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks..

  43. Gucci Shoes

    Thanks v much for the weblog awards nomination btw! I was completely unaware of the event till I saw the link in my stats and found your very kind nomination.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.