When I was a kid, maybe 4th or 5th grade, it started being cool to be enrvironmentally friendly. We had a nature center at school and Ms. Brock used to take all her classes out there to work in it. Ms. Newman (I think that’s her name…lol) our science teacher used to take us out there to do stuff too. Maybe learn about ecosystems (we had a pond and stuff) and photosynthesis? That sounds about right. Anyway, I’m not sure when I decided that reducing, reusing, and recycling was the right life for me, but apparently, it stuck with me. And so, here I am…age 26…and attempting to get my friends and family to be kind to earth and all that jazz. I haven’t quite traded in my gas guzzling jeep liberty for a hybrid (hey…I’m on a college kids budget and the jeep is paid for), and I still wear cotton (not down with the hemp) clothes and what not, but I do recycle even after drunken nights of debauchery. See:
Anyway. When I was still living at home…I made my parents and siblings start recycling (I called the city of Houston and told them we needed the city approved recycling bins). At first they were resistant and gave me weird looks, but then they came around, and I’m proud to announce that they’re still recycling!!! Everytime I visit, I’m pleasantly surprised to see both recycling bins overflowing with stuff that usually got thrown away, and I’m super proud that I left my mark. <pats self on back>
So, of course before I signed the initial lease with Peavs (happy one year ann’y to us by the way!), I told her that we’d have to recycle and asked her if she’d be open to using environmentally cleaning products…she said yes, of course. But we’ve done a pretty sucky job thus far and we’re still using all the regular household cleaning products as opposed to making our own. This is my fault, but have no fear…I have pinterest recipes and a huge ass bottle of vinegar that I’m ready to turn into magical smelling (no way I’m gonna have the whole house smelling like regular old vinegar…I don’t care how great it works), germ fighting/disinfecting cleaning stuff! I need a huge ass box of baking soda and some essential oils and I should be on my way. Wish us luck!
I know there are more ways to go green and to help out the planet (I keep wanting to start a small garden, but I might need to stay away from “caring” for vegetation given the fact that my dad & step-mom got me a “easy” plant to take care of for my birthday, and it looks like it may or may not be hanging on for dear life…<insert concerned face here>), but I think small steps work best for any life overhaul, so here I am. And you should be here too! I’m not going to lecture you or anything, but going green definitely makes you feel better and it gives you the right to look down your nose at all your wasteful friends…if you’re that kind of person.
And if you’re like me, and you love food and the environment…you already know going local and organic is helping out too. So, eat more local stuff and save the planet (and your body) y’all!
What are some ways you and yours are saving the environment? Am I the only one who cares? Do y’all have any tips or cleaning product recipes for me and everyone else? Is global warming made up like some folks believe? Does recycling really go into the same landfills as trash (like my dad told me)? Let me know…