Conserve Water or Save a Tree?
August 10, 2017 4:04pm CST
I've heard before that using paper plates is bad for the Earth--that it's not "green". But I got to thinking today, while eating chicken pot pie off my paper plate...which is worse? Destroying a tree by eating off of a paper plate or using up water to wash a "real" plate? For a small family or single person, the latter is probably best because there wouldn't be much water needed to wash the dishes. But our family of nine? It would take more water to wash up, so the paper plates are probably more Earth-friendly. I suppose we could do better...we could use our hands as plates or, as my daughter shared, use bread bowls in lieu of a platter as they did in medieval times. But then, the bread still needs to be baked in something and that something would need to be washed; and it might be awkward, not to mention painful, carrying around a handful of stew.... So what say you? Would you choose to save a tree or conserve water, in this instance?
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• United States
So it's okay for me to let the kids run the hose in the backyard for hours on end? Nice! Honestly, I forgot about that science tidbit (shameful, really, since the kids and I just learned about the water cycle this last school year!). Since water can't really be used up, why is conservation pushed so hard?
• Olney, Illinois
@Genipher Because in some areas the low amount of water can make it necessary. Say point 'A' only has enough water for a year. You'd try to conserve usage as much as possible. Consequently, point 'B' has had nothing but rain for months and everyone is drowning...you probably aren't gonna worry much about trying to conserve it.
• United States
@JolietJake I'm in a Oregon so I tend to not think of conserving water... Though in the summers I remember my dad conserving water because they had well water. There were times the well would go dry and he'd have to drive into town and fill up on city water.
@Genipher Not anymore, but I used to, for most of my life. I do dry dishes and the like with cloth mantels made with old tablecloths. And I gave away my dryer several years ago and only wash clothes when there is sun or if I can hang them to dry inside when the heater is on.