Easy Bein’ GreenApril 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Posted in Family | 22 Comments
I used to dumpster dive.
When I was younger and my parents would throw away something recyclable, I would dive into the trash can and rescue it. I would write out a passionate plea from the discarded can, bottle, or jar and set it on the counter.
“Please don’t send me to the landfill. I can be turned into a purse!”
“I don’t want to strangle a sea lion. Cut me up and recycle me please!”
“Save me … and the earth. Reduce, reuse, recycle.”
My parents laughed. But they also listened (and recycled).
My (Phthalate-Free) Soap Box
I can’t remember when or how I became aware of the need — the urgent necessity — to protect our resources, animals, air, existence. (Mom, do you?) But it’s been on my mind for most of my life, especially since I became a mother. If we don’t have a planet to comfortably live on, what do we have? If we don’t make sacrifices now to ensure a healthy future for our children, what else really matters? If we don’t protect and respect our world as carefully as we do our children, how can we expect them to?
This Earth Day, I’ve spent some time reflecting on these big questions. But also on some little ones. How am I doing my part? Am I teaching my children to respect the world around them? How can I do more?
Small Change, Big Bang
Here are a few ways we make every day Earth Day chez Fluffy Bunnies.
1. Just say no to plastic bags, plastic wrap, and water bottles. (And cheap plastic toys as toddler party favors. You know you hate ’em as much as me.) Opt instead for glass containers, reusable (BPA-free) plastic, or cloth alternatives.
2. Clean green. Baking soda and vinegar are our best friends.
3. Take cloth bags to the grocery store. Better yet, keep them in your car so you don’t forget them.
4. Recycle: glass, plastic, cardboard, paper, anything and everything you can.
5. Run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine.
And here are some changes I resolve to make:
1. Start a compost pile. (Note to self: Tell Husband about this.)
2. Buy only organic versions of the Dirty Dozen.
3. Recycle batteries.
4. Buy Reserve these books at the library.
5. Nip my paper towel obsession in the bud.
There’s nothing earth-shattering here. Just the opposite, I hope. It’s easy bein’ green (with all due respect to Kermit). And dumpster diving is optional.
Have you asked yourself these same tough questions? Found any answers? What small changes can you make?
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