We live in the heart of paper product paradise! Our county in Washington State and the adjoining county in Oregon are the locations for lumber and paper mills. The Port of Longview has a long history of exporting lumber products.”Forest and paper products generate $200 billion in annual sales in our country. It is also one of the nation’s leading exporters.” (http://www.nwppa.net/)
Now why would I choose to honor this major industry? It is not to recognize our many friends who work here. It is not to recognize the contribution to our county’s economy. It is not to let you know paper mills do not smell like they used to!! Are you ready for the answer?!
It is to recognize the value and my absolute love for the paper plates, paper cups, paper bowls, napkins, and paper towels we have used in our home during February! I was soooooo tired of washing dishes. Follow my reasoning… We already pay a set garbage bill. Our water bill is determined by usage and using paper would cut the water bill. My time is worth money and I have not enough (neither time nor money!) So….I figured that using all paper products would be a very wise move! I am physically and emotionally more rested. My mental health? That’s better, too. I’ve been able to write and post on this blog! I’m sad February is almost over. Wonder if I could get away with my paper edict for another month?
(My husband just told me I need to be completely truthful and tell you we used plastic silverware! That’s only because our wood industry hasn’t developed paper utensils…yet!!)