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Every Little Thing – Pants Dry, Trees Die

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

In terms of health and balance, Ayurvedic philosophy tells us that it’s the daily routine that is most important. You know, the little stuff we do every day – “habits” of conscious and deliberate choosing that keep our brains and body committed to the cycles of life. It’s important to first notice what we have a “tendency” to do and then ask ourselves what we would like to change. Then start the process and keep practicing. These rituals and patterns can serve us individually and as a whole community. So, take a look at what you do each morning, each afternoon, each evening – ways you honor, supplement and nourish yourself and the planet – or not.

A friend and co-Changer said she thought of me when she took this photo. I don’t know how she knew, but yeah, I’m a “dry by the seat of my pants” person when out in the world of public restrooms and papertowels. Just like my byob efforts, it started as an evaluation of what I tended to do vs what I could choose to do instead. I try to keep my bandana on hand, but this turned into the easiest option in some cases and now it’s just an everyday habit.

Why did this reach my change list? I’ve written about paper towel use here. They are astonishing facts easy to store away for our convenience, but that’s what started this whole thing in the first place, so I advise against that tactic.

I would love to see these signs in every bathroom, everywhere, where it appears that each person uses not just a paper towel but a stack of them to dry their hands after washing (napkins, ditto). The old/new handblowers are a good alternative – maybe we can even solar power them. But, in the meantime, shake your hands and use your bootie.

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