Tuesday, September 4, 2007

trying green?

When we talk to the kids about "going green" we use the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle."
Long ago the phrase was
"use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."

There is talk everywhere of going green. I feel a little torn.
I like the idea of going green.
But I like my conveniences. Things that have been invented that upon using I think "WOW!"
Here are a few of my favorites that I just don't know if I want to do without.

Disposable diapers
Wet wipes
paper towels
disposable multipurpose wipes
disposable toilet bowl cleaner/scrubbers
(those last 2 are wonderful in helping my kids to get involved with the cleaning)
yummy smelling candles

So here is a list of things that I can do. And that I will do. That I am already doing.
stopping drips form the sink
mulching our lawn clippings
switching out lightbulbs
using linen napkins
recycle our newspapers

And here is another short list. Something I can do to change.
Return all the plastic bags to the store after shopping (walmart) & not take plastic bags home for small trips.

What is hard for you to think of not using? What are you currently doing? What is 1 small change you can make?


Jenn said...

I'm with you - some of that stuff I just have to have! I've tried some of the environmental cleaning products but I have to say, they didn't work as well as the harsher ones. Bummer. But I have changed out some of our light bulbs and hope to do all of them eventually. We do recycle alot - milk and water jugs, glass jars, newspaper, gorcery bags. And a lot of that stuff is great to reuse in making things - we have a huge cardboard box in our living room right now that is a bus! Yes, I have a bus in my living room - and they love it! We have also made race tracks and a minigolf course with cardboard, milk jugs, toilet paper and paper towl rolls. Fun stuff!

Alisa said...

Hey jenn, thanks for commenting on this little blog! I wish that we had better recycling. Our little city next to OKC (warr acres) does not have any recycling. And..when I called OKC about dropping stuff off, they said you have to be a resident! We are still looking for other things that we can do. My husband always says "poco a poco"...little by little!