Wednesday, September 12, 2007

ECO Wednesday

I like to think that I am an environmentally concious person. My dad calls me a 'hippy' but I think that's a bit too far....I do shave under my arms and I can't stand bare feet. There are things that I do that I am sure are not fantastic for the environment so I try to make up for it So I have decided that on Wednesdays this will become ECO blog. Not sure what form it will take but I'm going on the ride nonetheless.

So for the inagural ECO Wednesday I thought I would share some of the things we do in my household to try and be good stewards of the beautiful earth.

Recycle! Yep, everyone does it I'm sure. But it should be more than the bottle and the can. We break down every cardboard box and container, toss in every newspaper and magazine....even junk mail!

Take your own bags to the market. Let's quit using all those plastic bags at the grocery store. I have some great canvas bags I take with me. And one of my faves is one I got at Trader Joe's. It's insulated so the cold foods stay cold.

Buy local. I know there's a debate on whether or not organic food is good for the planet in the long run. But I do try to buy meats and dairy products that come from animals that have not been treated with hormones. I just don't want to feed it to my kids. And I love buying our produce at the Farmer's Market. It supports the local farmers and nothing beats a tomato fresh off the vine in my salad.

Plant Something. Get that fresh oxygen flowing. Plant something in your yard once a month.

Okay - so those are some of the things I am trying to incorporate into my family's lifestyle. How about you? Any ideas I can add?


Amanda said...

I thought that your favorite bag might be an Organic Valley bag from one of your favorite people. Hmmm! Go for it Hippy, I mean Happy Julie.
I agree with you by the way. We should be good stewards with all that we have. Thanks for the great reminder.


Carolyn F said...

Recycle by more than just throwing away in recycling -- we clean our bottles from bottled water and refill them to take to soccer practice and what-not where we need portable.

Anita said...

Shhhh don't tell my family, but I refill plastic water bottles with filtered tap water and put them back in the fridge. They never even notice that the seal is already broken and we save so many plastic bottles!