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The Recycling Fairy – A Letter

posted by BatSheva Vaknin @ 11:00 AM
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dearest recycling Fairy,

I know you are busy busy busy in this modern age of recyclables, and you probably barely have time to check Twitter let alone open and read your snail mail. Still, I hope and pray that this letter not only finds you well, but finds you agreeable enough to sit for a few minutes of downtime and answer these few short questions that have been nagging at me for quite some time.

Here goes:

I really hate doing dishes. For a long time, I only used paper plates, plastic cups, and plastic utensils around the house, (if they ever invent plastic pots and pans, I will be the first in line for that sale). But when money got tight, I made the switch to “real” plates, cups, utensils, etc.

But here’s my question: Am I REALLY saving money or helping the environment? Because, like, WATER costs money and is precious to the environment, too, right? And doing tons of dishes for a big family, day after day, night after night, especially when your husband who is an amazing cook likes to use like 20 pots to make one dinner and then put it all on different serving plates (I’m still not sure what’s wrong with spooning our portions straight from the pot?) – I mean, I use a LOT of water while washing.

You get what I mean? Plus, the money thing – I mean, we pay for our water use too, capiche? And I know your whole thing is being “Green” and all, but don’t tell me you can’t understand the value of a dollar – am I wrong? And finally, “time is money” as we all know, and while lately I haven’t been paid much for my time, I still think my time doing dishes could possibly be better spent watching The Good WifeIMEAN freelancingIMEAN VOLUNTEERING AT A LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTER.

Oh – and another question – do you REALLY care if I don’t rinse out my milk bottles and my tuna cans before putting them in your garbage cans for pickup?

And then of course, there’s the “Styrofoam Question” – If we accidentally put Styrofoam in your recycling box – will it contaminate all the other products in there? Release toxic gasses into our air?


Thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses to my questions.

Sincerely yours,


Sheva (BatSheva Vaknin)

And another thing... I know plastic bags are "bad," but I have to say, they really are "good" when it comes to disposing of dirty diapers. Feel me?

2 Responses to “The Recycling Fairy – A Letter”

  1. Plant N says:

    Yes, yes, yes. I have the same questions! And yesterday I read that rinsing dishes before loading them in the dishwasher is a waste of water (but if we really wait until the dishwasher is full before running it, will that hardened macaroni and cheese really get washed off?). Ch and I are always arguing about the rinsing-of-recyclables question (especially peanut butter jars…). If you ever find out the answers, let me know!

  2. .your mama says:

    Just love this one!

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