Saving Detergent for my Company
I usually bring my lunch to work in glass tupperware containers, and I try to do my dishes right after lunch to avoid the caked on dried food, afterwards.
One day, as I was washing my dishes, a co-worker noted that I carefully squeezed out one drop of detergent into my container. (I usually just swirl it with a bit of water and scrub down the sides with my fingers.)
“Why are you using so little detergent?” he asked me, “Are you trying to save money for the company? There you go!”
He laughs and squirts a HUGE squirt of detergent into my container.
I know his intentions were meant well, he might have thought I was struggling with my drop of detergent to clean my container. But the truth was, I specifically only wanted one drop of detergent. I only needed that much, and no more. In fact, I could probably use less than that amount. And now, I have a super sudsy, bubbly mess in my bowl that didn’t make it any cleaner. In fact, I needed to use more water to rinse it out.
The lesson I wanted to share was that, I try to use anyone’s stuff – no matter how small – as I use my own. It doesn’t add any more quality to my life to use more detergent – whether I paid for it or not. If we all used only as much as we needed – whether it be on big ticket items, or small dinky items – I think the world would be a place of a lot less waste.
What are your thoughts on this situation? Or do you have any similar stories to share?
PS. Happy Independance Day to my American readers! 🙂