Being Green – to my husband and me and most in our generation, that means recycle, reuse and re-purpose materials. For us – it is a part of life. But it is not necessarily a part of the lives of people in my parent’s generation.
Here is a list of the things we try and do to help conserve resources upstairs:
- Bring reusable bags to the grocery store and COSTCO
- Rinse and wash out the Ziploc plastic bags
- Run the dishwasher at 3 in the morning and only water the lawn at odd times
- Separate cans from glass and paper for the trash
- Keep the bag of half cut colored paper for the kids to use when the mood strikes to glue/collage
- Put most of the lights in the house on dimmers
- Do not buy bottled water
- Invested in a high-end film for our windows to help with internal temperature control
You get the idea….
We have all adapted to these practices pretty easily. Though I still get totally ticked off when I take my husband’s car to the grocery store and forget the reusable bags are in my car…
But, I have to admit that my parents are not as into recycling as we are. Case in point…
My dad conscientiously takes our trash bins to the curb on Mondays and I get up at ‘o’dark thirty’ to go the gym Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Mondays, I always take a quick peek at the recycle trash to make sure the right stuff is in the right bin. More than once, I have started my week by moving trash between bins in the dark and sometimes in the snow.
Though my dad and I have talked about what goes where, I think it is a long-held mindset of people of a certain age that trash is trash – not everyone mind you – but my parents for sure.
Coming under the heading of “pick your battles and your wars” I choose to keep up my little Monday morning ritual.
If he is willing to haul the trash to the curb, I can easily make sure the trash is in the right bins.