Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I have some Green Confessions to Make!
Welcome to the January 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Confessions. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about areas of their life where they aren't as "green" as they may want to be.
I think there are all levels of Green living. There are those who just do a few basic things like try to recycle and reuse when they can... to those who go off grid and live a lifestyle free of anything toxic. I like to think I fall in the middle somewhere. I think the reasons people Go Green are just as vast. For me it is a stewardship type of action to what God has provided me and my family. To treat and honor the earth He created.
Just like Kermit said though "It ain't easy being Green!"Since we moved a year ago, being Green has gotten harder for me in one particular area.. and as we beat around the bush more...
Confession time.. We aren't recycling :(
In Ohio I had a grocery 1 mile from my house that had huge bins you could put your recyclables in. All mixed together, easy peasy. I loved doing it, and it was oh so convenient.
When we moved to KY I asked the local garbage collection if they did recycling.. NOPE. You all who have curbside pickup of recycleables are seriously lucky! Even if I did have to pay for it. Not an option here.
I knew there was a center about 30 miles from here that does it. I felt lazy and didn't want to try to figure out how to house all of these recycleables until our once a month trip down there.
I decided that this year I was going to attack this problem and put a bit more research into it, and work in a proactive way to get back into recycling.
I found a place in our own town that you have to separate out each item (and the items are very specific), washed, and delivered to their inside bins between 8-4 Monday through Friday. Not EASY, but doable.
We are a family of 8, we create quite a bit of waste.
We did an experiment this week specially for this post. We separated out the select items that I know they will take in our town, and set them aside for a trip to the recycler. Didn't happen yet, but Trash day has come and gone and I think we reduced by at least one garbage bag.
Here is our trash (which is actually quite low this week, even with the recycling!)
We found that we use ALOT of plastics!! This box was overflowing!
Aluminum cans will vary greatly depending on dinners and such, but this is still a nice dent that we kept out of the landfill.
Cardboard could get quite extensive with the boxes I get for reviewing. Nothing large came this week, but still there were mailers, and pizza discs to recycle. The company said they don't take boxes like cereal boxes and cracker boxes? I did find that the center 30 miles away does do the cereal boxes so we will save them this go around and store them to take there. They can be flattened and don't contain any food particles so shouldn't be a problem to save.
Another item I noticed that we threw away too much of was sandwich and ziploc bags, and plastic or foil type lined bags for chips. This activity has helped me become more aware of the things we are using that are directly going to the landfill because there isn't even a venue for recycling it.
I am hoping to continue to increase our recycling and teach the kids the great habit of taking the time, though it may not be EASY, to do the right thing!
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