Thursday, April 22, 2010
Green it up a bit
So when it comes to things that I can reuse, re-purpose or recycle, I try to be sure to do my part. Old magazines and newspapers are first used for school project and then when the box gets too full the majority are put in the recycle bin that's a couple of blocks away from here. Most of the copy paper that is flat and only used on one side is put into a paper tray and reused to write notes, draw pictures or print on the reverse side. To extend the life of ink cartridges, I try to print in draft so as little ink is used as possible. If a Styrofoam plate can be wiped off or shaken off without cross contamination or down right disgust then I reuse that as well.
There are a few other things that I try to do on a regular basis, but I think you get the point. That's why when I get information about a company or individual that seemingly is being very wasteful I am extremely bothered by the lack of effort. And that's where I'm going with this.
A company, who shall remain nameless, implemented a program that required a lot of materials. At the end of that program much of the materials had gone unused. The section labeled discard, after clean up, was massive and I wasn't clear on what the plan was for the disposal. Someone said a company was coming to take the materials away, "I think they're going to recycle them," she said.
My hope is that more companies get in on the green bandwagon and do what they can to minimize the items they're contributing to the landfills. I recently read an article about a biodegradable ink pen and was surprised that the Sun Chips that I recently obtained (through a get one free coupon) were packaged in a recyclable bag. The details of the pen and the bag prove to be very interesting and something I think is a good and easy way to teach children on the subject.
I'm sure someone somewhere has done a study on it. For now, share with me what your favorite green activities are and enjoy the rest of your Earth Day! Oh, by the way, make everyday Earth Day, okay?
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