REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE…REINVENT?
This whole EARTH DAY thing has got me thinkin’. Sorry, I’m sure that the smoke coming out of my ears is SO not helping.
Many of the people I’ve met in this blogging journey have commented on the fact that reinventing helps, or at least doesn’t harm the environment. I have to admit, this was NOT my original intent, to have a GREEN blog.
I’m still pretty sure that knowledgeable environmentalists would NOT consider this a green blog, you know, the whole SPRAY PAINT thing and all. But I do think that reusing, or UPCYCLING home decor items not only saves us money, it saves space in landfills, and maybe a little bit saves some of the pollution caused by making new stuff.
What do you think? How green are you?
How green am I, you ask? (oh sure, turn the question around to me!) Well.. we recycle everything that we can, and are pretty proud of the fact that we only put out 1-2 bags of trash each week for a family of 6. But if we started composting, and stopped with the disposable napkins and paper towels, we could do even better.
I carry reusable shopping bags everywhere I go, something I know that millions do. I still forget them sometimes, so I could do better.
We use CFL light bulbs, although I don’t think they put out as much light as the old kind. I was thrilled to find out recently that CFL’s can be recycled at Home Depot. Sometimes I go with the old standard when I think I HAVE to have better light, so I could do better.
I do use non-toxic cleaning products, and LOVE that I can make my kids clean without worrying about what they’re inhaling!! But I still get out the bleach myself sometimes, so I could do better.
Can you tell I’ve been feeling the nudge to do more? My way of thinking is changing. I honestly think twice now before writing something off as useless, or throwing it away. And not just the decorative stuff either.
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