Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ramblings on living a greener life

I was just talking today to a friend about wanting to make a better impact on my kids lives by reducing our footprint. I have watched the green channel and the show that lets families see what impact they are making on the world with their ways. I know that ours may not be quite so bad but I do know that there is so much more that I could be doing that I just haven't done yet.

So even though I try to recycle plastic that isn't listed as acceptable plastic to be recycled in the hopes that they will take the hint. Whoever they is... I know that I play a role. I need to figure out ways not to have so much plastic to begin with so that I am not having to worry about the recycling. I know when it comes to groceries that I need to find a way to buy produce without having to get so many plastic bags. And I am not even sure what to do about the costco size apple containers and so on. I start to think and I get a little overwhelmed if you haven't already guessed! lol.

I read a marketwatch piece on a family that was going to try and not buy stuff new for an entire year. I thought, wow, what a great idea. Okay so they did buy new undies and shoes but they tried to get everything else used. I thought maybe this was something I could do. I like the idea of shopping at goodwill and buffalo exchange and going to garage sales. I would love not to buy the kids toys and have to unwind and rip and cut and untape to get a tiny toy baby out. I get lured in by those devil shops, target and walmart and costco. I don't go out of my way to go to goodwill and shop for things there. Insert a picture of sledgehammer hitting me over the head to try and get across to me that I can go to goodwill and used bookstores. I slipped that one in since I love. love, love to read! I finally started going back to the library recently...

I wish weather wise that it was easier to get around without a car here. And I know it is for much of the year, I guess I have got to realize that a good walk to the market is in store for us once summer is truly over. We can get our exercise as well as mexican calbi. Okay now did that make any sense at all?


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  2. I really enjoy some of the consignment sales around here. I even volunteer at one when it comes around every six months just so that I can get my first pick of things. Awesome clothes, like new toys, anything you need for the kids you can find there.

  3. I LOVE the used bookstore! I discovered a really good one in my neighborhood when we were moving and I literally had seven boxes of books I'd read that I didn't know what to do with. I took my load of books over there and got a whopping store credit which I still haven't used up. The children's books especially are a steal if they're in good condition.