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GREENER STILL

I mentioned in an earlier post, how I am trying to be more aware of my effect on the environment and how I can make small changes. Every little bit helps, right? Like this weekend, I wrapped a gift with the colorful comic section of the newspaper and I re-used disposable cups from a party on Friday night (I rinsed the beer and wine from them first) to plants seeds to germinate on a sunny windowsill. Yes, the cups will eventually land in the trash, but I will have used them twice, thereby halving the number I would have contributed to a landfill. At my party, I balanced convenience, cost and conservation by using a mix of disposable and reusable plates and cups.

My habits are rubbing off on some of my friends and neighbors and this makes me feel really good. Consider the ripple effect of a few small changes. It's a start.

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writerjenn
Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
This society has been structured so that our default is to be wasteful, and it takes a little extra planning and effort to do otherwise. But then the new practices become habits. Go you!!
angeladegroot
Mar. 5th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Not quite spinach-green but not so orange either.
kellyrfineman
Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Hooray for reducing trash! Egg cartons make good seed planters, too.

And you've been a good influence as far as my lunch-packing goes, as you know. Of course, I frequently used cloth napkins at home, and seldom use disposable plates or cups, so I feel pretty good about that.
angeladegroot
Mar. 5th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
I like using cloth napkins too. Nice daffodils!
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