I am really excited about the project that Suzy's family at Hip Mountain Mama has put together.
We really do strive to be earth friendly in our house, but I think there's always room for one small change. And when you think of how the creativity we bloggers all share with one another inspires our lives, just think what one small change could do for our earth. For me, it's certainly the kind of new year's resolution to keep!
So what's ours?
Oh my, it's an embarrassing one. I say that because I was truly almost reluctant to share it with you all. I do have an excuse explanation.... so hear me out on this one.
Our one small change is to :: RECYCLE
I know, I know. Doesn't everyone recycle?? Well, no. All you people nodding your head in disbelief most likely do not live in southern Louisiana. Occasionally there is a recycle bin at the grocery store that accepts plastic & aluminum (and maybe cardboard & paper?) No glass. No tin. No curbside pick up. So, while we were being very mindful of the containers we purchase, we were still tossing them into the garbage. Sure, a lot of those smaller glass jars have become the kids drinking cups, and pencil holders, and storage for dried foods in the pantry. But really, how much use, or cupboard space, does one have to store these things for their second life? And just how many olive oil bottles can you repurpose?? (*as a bit of a disclaimer, I want you to know we DID recycle the last two places we've lived, but this new place has presented us with quite a challenge*)
So, this weekend I headed to the garage to repurpose some empty plastic totes sitting out there. And we set them up to recycle what we can. Miss Seven made the lovely signs last night.
We'll recycle what we can locally, and once or twice a month we'll head out of town to recycle the rest. Our goal is to reduce our garbage by 50%. I found no tin or glass recycling programs within a 45 minute drive of my home. (ridiculous!) But we're still working on it. And if anyone that reads this knows something we don't, please help! If I can't make the glass recycling work, this puts me in a real pickle, because it would mean buying plastic bottles would be a better choice then glass. What do you think about that? And since I'm sharing some private Gypsy life I might as well let you know that over half of the non recyclable glass, and hardest to repurpose bottles, are those of beer and wine. ~ahem~ A six pack of microbrew and a bottle of wine per week adds up to over 350 bottles a year that we can't recycle. I'll let you know at the end of the month how this all goes. I have a feeling this one small change is going to change things quite a bit.
Here's to one small change!
What will yours be?