I love doing household chores. There are very few things around my place that I actually hate doing, those being bed making and mopping. Other than that, I do great with everything else when I actually have the time to do it.
My favorite things to do are laundry and food shopping.
With laundry I enjoy the entire process: the sorting, the soaking (I soak my whites in OxiClean for a while before I put them in the washer), the washing, the drying, the folding and even the ironing.
Grocery shopping is the best though because it requires me to go outside, pick out stuff I like and buy it. Because I live alone, I don't believe in buying stuff for the week. I change my mind a lot so whatever I buy runs the risk of going bad just because I won't feel like eating it. To avoid this, I have learned to once a week buy the stuff that I know I'll sooner or later eat (apple sauce, water, crackers, etc), though I only do this cause I love going to Whole Foods, and then everyday go to the supermarket to buy whatever I feel like eating that day.
The only problem I have with this is that as a result I have so many shopping bags I don't know what to do with them. This is a culture of abundance and because of this it is also a culture that allows for wasteful use of resources. Although normally when I go to the supermarket I bring my own canvas bag(s) like I learned to do in Europe, I don't always have it on me and it irks me when I go and buy a tomato and some mozarella and they hand it to me double bagged.
Today, when I went to drop off my recycling I thought that I would bring back their bags so that they could recycle them or something and you can imagine my shock when I saw them take them and throw them out!!!! We are talking about bags that were perfectly good. I tried to argue that one, but according to the fine people of Food Emporium, if bags are used once they are no longer usable. Meanwhile for one item you get 2 bags.
I'm not shopping there again. They obviously don't care about the environment.
But it's not just them either. Earlier today, before I went to the supermarket, I went to Duane Reade to get a new toothbrush because the little blue lines in mine are dangerously faded (I obsess about my teeth). While I was there I also bought a pack of hairclips and a deodorant. When the cashier gave me my stuff I noticed that it was double bagged. I took everything out of the bags, put it in my purse and the woman gave me a dirty look.
I think that everyone should do a little bit to help the environment. It doesn't take that much effort and all it requires is a little common sense. All that wasteful use of resources (not to mention money) is unnecessary. If we are going to brag about being a modern nation, we should catch up with the times and do our part in improving the situations that affect us today.
This is just an idea...