Here is the deal: Once you begin wanting to reduce landfill and make more ecologically sound choices in life, there is really no going back....
As an example, my younger son wanted to go to the bagel shop this morning. I brought my trusty stainless mug because I knew I would want coffee there. My son got a breakfast bagel, served on a paper "tray" along with disposable napkins. In fact, all of the items at this shop are served in disposable containers, all of which are recyclable. SO....here are my questions:
1. why cannot little cafe shops like this spend a little more time/energy serving food and beverages in real (reusable) dishes?
2. at the very least, why can't there be a recycling bin/container for this disposable serving set-up?
As I watched countless other folks dispose of their trash on the way out of the bagel shop, without any commentary from me, my younger son looked at me and said "let's bring this stuff home and put it in our recycling container..." which we did.
Again, I have a long way to go. I am not yet ready to be an activist! The first step is AWARENESS. And with awareness comes responsibility.
Here are the steps we have made so far (again, we are at the beginning of this mission):
* we reduce our purchases of anything in plastic (buying more in bulk and with reusable containers)
* my husband and I drive two hybrid cars (my current hybrid will be replaced with a Prius soon)
* we refuse any plastic bagging at any stores, ever. NEVER buy water bottles.
* we use biodegradable bags for our dog's waste (not sure how great this is, but we are trying)
* we use Community Supported Agriculture for our produce (no packaging, no pesticides)
* we try hard to waste NOTHING
* we installed a low water landscape in our front and back yards
* we are beginning to use a composting system (more on that later)
* we are looking into solar
Is anyone else out there on a similar mission? I would love to hear. :)