Monday, September 15, 2008

How I'm Being Involuntarily Green

I'd like to say that the reason my refrigerator is unplugged is because I had an irresistible urge to save on electricity therefore helping the environment. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Truth be told, my fridge broke while sitting in storage for 9 months.
And where does that leave me? A half gallon of cold-enough milk, a bag of melting ice, a block of cheese, and a few containers of leftovers for the hubby's lunches. Not to mention a whole stock-pile of dried and canned foods.
I'm still mentally patting myself on the back for indulging in my irritating quirk of needing to have an even amount of supplies in my shopping cart. (2 cans of pineapple, 4 boxes of Rice-a-Roni) And to think the husband points a mocking finger at me for this.. Pshaw. Where would we be at if my irresistible urge for even amounts of Rotel and chicken broth had been stunted early? Without food.. That's what.
For the past two weeks we've been living out of a ice chest. The mini mart next door must really have an inkling to find out why we're over there every night to pick up a new bag of ice. Unfortunately, moving into a nicer house kind of leaves you broke for a bit, so while we're waiting on the Cleaning Deposit from our nonresponsive landlord, we've had to make do with Trusty Green.
Being forced into green-ship made me stop and think.. What is all this Eco-friendly talk about? Is it just about tree-huggers embracing the fashion scene and the consumption of 'green' corporations as I had earlier thought? Surely there has to be more to it. So on went my computer and up came my trusty friend, Google.
At first I mostly found articles testifying to my earlier belief, Corporations had latched onto this new trend with a ferocity that left me checking my wallet.
It happened in a moment of frustrated disgust.. I had seen enough Eco-friendly products, promising to save the planet for a good sized chunk of your income to just about give up. Finally with one last thought, I just typed in 'going green'.
The first link brought up the information I was looking for.
Going Green is a website dedicated to explaining what has spurred this Eco-Celebrity trend. It explains the why of what is happening to our world, not the why you should wear this triple-recycled $85 shirt or how you should line up your eco-saving bamboo pants to match Celebrity Such-and-Such's style.
About an hour was spent clicking bright-green links and reading with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. The thought of what we and our ancestors before us had done to our planet and the almost certain downward spiral of the environment definitely gave me a moment's panic.
Slowly we had been polluting the planet with natural gasses to the point of impending suffocation. The result? Floods, extreme heat, deaths and extinction of the living, and an increase of potentially diseased pests such as rats.
Between the destruction of our ozone layer which protects us from the sun's dangerous UV rays to the effects co2 is having on our environment, Going Green is definitely a site worth checking into. Not only does it explain for the adult world, but is also tailored so that the eyes of the youth can understand the effects our existence is having on the planet.
The website goes on to explain how we as normal people can help the environment by very possible steps. After reading these tips, I was able to come up with a few things that might help in my every day-to-day life. I don't necessarily agree with boycotting non-recycle companies, but I do think it is wise to take a moment and consider how YOU as a consumer can recycle on your own.
For more information on what is happening to our world and how you can help, click this link:


kzoriginals said...

In the first week of school our 6 year old daughter learned about recycling and "saving the planet" where she will grow up in and raise her own family. She came home that night and asked where she should put her plastic bottle from her apple juice from lunch earlier that day? I looked at her with a puzzled face and said "what do you mean sweetie?" She said to me kinda in a -hello! aren't you listening to me voice- where do I put my recyclables Mom?

Needless to say, I went out to the garage rummaged through some things and came up with two good size plastic tubs with lids, put "plastic, glass, tin" on one and "paper" on the other. We were encouraged by our daughter to "save the planet". I have never felt better. And I am $42 richer every month from those stupid trash fees. WHO KNEW?

Dawne said...

Oh man.. thats so darn cute :P I wished it was easier to recycle around here. They certainly dont make it very convenient at all!
I imagine if the government spent a little more effort on making recycling convenient, more people would actually do it.