On Earth Day, I watched several shows and documentaries, read publications and articles and a few blogs. All concentrating on how we are destroying the Earth. Small action by small action. I was surprised by how wasteful we all are. I was forced to take a look at how the Reeves family lives on a daily basis. There are so many small (And some not so small) things that we can change about our “everyday” that I believe will make a positive impact on our environment. There is also a part of me that enjoys a challenge….and it has become a game of sorts, to see how many ways I can be “earth friendly”. It’s been on my mind for about a year, but I think I have felt especially responsible lately.
The other day, my dad left a comment with the idea of leaving buckets in the shower and using the excess water to feed your outdoor (or indoor) plants. I gave Miss K a bath last night and just as I was about to drain all that water away (after it was used for a whole 10 minutes), I thought, “NO! I am going to put this to use!”. It took me about 30 minutes and about 15-20 trips from the porch to the bathroom, but I’m not going to lie….it felt good.
On my way to feed the plants and herbs:
It was easy and something I can make a routine. Its about as easy as unplugging all the plugs in your house, turning off the TV for a few extra hours, and sorting through your trash.
I began making a list of things I would like to really research and change about the way we live. I think the thing I enjoy most about “greening” your life is the emphasis on less being more. Wasteful living is not something I want my child to learn. I want her to appreciate the food in the cupboards, the toys she has and the clothes we have bought her. Not always needing more, but using what we have and appreciating it. Very important principle.
Some things I would like to implement within the next few months (or at least learn about):
1.) I would like to learn about making my own compost heap.
2.) A possible clothesline in the backyard (I feel like I am always running our washing machine and dryer).
3.) Using all the food in our cupboards before going out and spending more money on groceries/dining out.
4.) Diapers. I think this topic is the one I have the hardest time with. I see how many diapers I throw in the trash and it really does disgust me. I would like to look into biodegradable diapers or perhaps…..drumroll……CLOTH. I know….gasp.
5.) Being vigilant about all recyclables going into the correct bin. Easy.
If you have any ideas that would help me out, I would love to hear them! So….thanks dad for the tip. It got me thinking beyond my little house and my little life.
Here’s to taking care of what we have and being good to the Lord’s earth.