Go Green!

I am lazy. I hate all the guilt about our earth fading into nothing for our children. I hate the guilt of composting, recycling, reusing. I hate feeling guilty over using paper plates when I am too lazy or tired to do dishes. I really dislike the “green people” that make it look so easy.

But the guilt has finally got to me. How can I now take care of this place? So I am taking baby steps to becoming the environment’s friend. I am sure most of you know this stuff…especially if you watch Oprah. So here are the baby steps…and some information on why I have chosen these little steps. Maybe you may choose to GO GREEN too!

Grocery Bags… Do you know how much groceries we buy? OK even just for half the week? LOTS! I have decided that I am going to buy the REUSABLE BAGS…. even though I will have to buy 20. At least I know they are not going to tear on me… A BIG PET PEEVE!

Did you know:
It’s a question you’re asked all the time, “Paper or plastic?” What’s the environmentally correct answer? Simran says it’s really, “Neither.” More than 380 million plastic bags are thrown away in the United States every year, and those plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade in landfills. And while paper bags do eventually biodegrade, an estimated 14 million trees a year have to be cut down to make 10 billion paper bags.

I am going to stop buying the convenient water bottles and get my lazy butt up to fill our water non-plastic water bottles.
My kids never remember to bring their bottles home, though, so it is a little annoying.

Did you know:
When you buy one liter of water at the store, you’re actually consuming about six liters of water. That’s because when manufacturers make plastic bottles, it takes five liters of water to cool the plastic. To save the resources used in creating all those bottles, it is suggested to get a water filter and a reusable aluminum or plastic bottle from a company like Sigg, Nalgene or New Wave Enviro.

One thing to consider if you buy a plastic bottle is its grade. Look on the bottom of the bottle for a small plastic triangle with a number in the middle. If you see a number 2, 4 or 5, the bottle is safe. If it has some other number, don’t use it as a water bottle. Those other plastics can make your water taste like plastic and leach harmful chemicals into your body. You don’t want your water tasting like plastic. If you’re tasting plastic, you’re ingesting plastic.

OK and I am going to make a better effort to recycle faithfully. We do this the best out of all the green stuff.

This one I have already done for most of our bulbs.
Did you know:

Replacing regular, inefficient lightbulbs with compact florescent lighbulbs (CFLs) can make a big difference.
A CFL is 70 to 75 percent more efficient than other bulbs. Florescent bulbs will cost a little more up front, you should save money on your electricity bill over time. Plus, these bulbs can last 8 to 10 years!If every family replaced one bulb with a CFL, it would be like reducing carbon emissions from 800,000 cars. Have a lightbulb moment and change out one lightbulb!”

Go green with me.

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