Thursday, April 22, 2010

PSA - It's Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! There are plenty of things you can do to make every day Earth Day. Here are some ideas to get you started. I am working diligently on the first one - removing as much plastic from my life as possible.

I also have a confession to make. Although I don't talk about it much, I am pretty passionate about doing my part to live in a more eco-friendly manner. For example, I've carried my own reusable bags for a few years now. Yes, I'm that crazy person in the grocery that puts fruits and vegetables straight into the cart without putting them in plastic bags first. I bring my own reusable bags to put them in after I pay for them. Why does each type of produce need its own bag to separate it from the others within the bag you put them in to take them home? In addition, I haven't bought bottled water in so long that I can't remember the last time. A good protion of the clothing I wear is either from a used clothing store of some form (consignment/vintage/thrift) or a freecycle group that I belong to. I really only buy undergarments and shoes new, even then I look for the greenest product that I can find. I made these changes over time and strive to incorporate other green living practices all the time.

Here are some other Earth Day resources for ideas and events for this month and beyond:

Earth Day Network

Heal The Bay

Surfrider Foundation

Go Green Without Going Broke

How Jaded Environmentalists Celebrate Earth Day

P.S. No, I'm not a hippie but have nothing against you if you are.


Lindsay said...

Is it bad that I use plastic bags for my groceries so I can re-use them as doggy pick-up bags?

For water, I have big 5-gallon jugs that I re-use and fill every time I go to the store.

Apryl DeLancey said...

Well, the secret is to not use plastic at all. Unfortunately, biodegradable/recycled dog doo bags are hard to come by and can be quite pricey. In addition, when your dog makes very large doodys these specialized bags usually aren't big enough.

I don't like telling people what to do at all. I feel if you use your conscious as a guide then you are probably okay.

Lindsay said...

I should be buying the biodegradable bags ... I go through A LOT of bags

Apryl DeLancey said...

I'm trying to find a good source that has bags for large dogs. It's quite difficult. The scooper deal that I had for my 65 lb dog does not work for my 130 lb dog either. Well, at least not very efficiently...such a mess!