Monday, June 2, 2014
A Year of Kindness - Challenge Week 22
I'm approaching this Kindness Project a little differently for the month of June - while it is getting warmer here in the Northern Hemisphere, but before it gets too hot to even be outside - and before it gets too cold in the Southern Hemisphere - I want to devote the entire month to acts of kindness toward Mother Earth. Call me a tree hugger if you want, I'm okay with it!
This week's challenge - RECYCLE!
In our home, all of our trash is separated. Easily ground food stuffs go in the garbage disposal. If I were more committed, we would have a compost pile somewhere for all those banana peels and apple cores! Paper (including newspapers, magazines, receipts, junk mail, mail, school papers, etc.) and plastics (water bottles, processed food containers, packaging, detergent bottles, etc.) and metals (tin foil, cans, etc.) are each separated out and taken weekly to our recycling center. We watch for the annual electronics and hazardous recycling events and that is when we dispose of old computers, televisions, batteries, etc. We look for every opportunity to limit the amount of trash we put out for collection each week and to responsibly dispose of items at the end of their life cycle. I'd like to think that by doing this, and by purchasing products made from recycled goods, we are doing our little bit to help to save our forests, our air quality, and our land from becoming one massive toxic land fill.
I know that not all communities make recycling as easy as it is here, but let's talk about it. What is the standard for recycling in your community? Do you regularly recycle items? If so, what? Do you have other ideas about what can be recycled? (Note, I am not talking about Up-cycling which is a subject for another week!).