August is "Escape" month here, so I'm thinking a lot about getting away -- cabins, hotels, resorts, etc.
But sometimes when you get away you actually end up in someone else's home. This week, I'm at my parent's house in Southern California. While I'm not exactly a guest here (sleeping in my childhood bedroom), I'm still thinking about how to be green in their house, while I'm away from my own place.
Luckily, my parents are pretty green as it is. My dad is an avid recycler from back in the day. And I spent the morning picking peppers, tomatoes, squash, and eggplant from my mom's organic garden. I even ate her homemade strawberry jam on my toast.
But I'm also bringing a few of my own greenish quirks to the house. My parents aren't big towel reusers. I actually grew up using a towel once and tossing it in the laundry. Of course, this week I'll be reusing my one towel the whole time.
I'll also be reminding my mom to take her reusable bags to the grocery store. She bought a few, but hasn't really gotten used to using them.
No one wants to be an ungrateful or annoying while staying in someone else's home. So what's the best way to be a green house guest. Do you have any thoughts on the subject?
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