I’m not sure why it took me until my 40’s to start to really worry about the environment. I had always considered myself aware of things around me, such as what countries were at war, who was running for which political office, etc. I think what it is, is that it finally hit me that if I don’t do something about the environment, who will? I’ve been asked more than once if I really believe that “one little thing” I do to help the environment is going to make much of a difference. Well in the grand scheme of things, maybe not. But if many of us do these little things, it makes a huge difference!
When my children were growing up, they’d come home from school to tell me about how important “recycling” was and how we had to recycle our cans and plastics (it was about all you could recycle in our town at the time) in order to “save the planet”. I felt their excitement and encouraged them, recycling all we could. Over time, the kids grew up and moved out, one by one and you guessed it… the recycling went by the wayside. It wasn’t a decision I made, it just kind of happened without me realizing it.
We always had a garden when the kids were growing up, but after a while we stopped doing that, too. I am happy to say that we are once again gardening and I’m happy that we are. Last year was our first garden in quite a few years. This year our garden grew and hubby and I looked into more ways to be eco-friendly, cost-conscious, etc. It seems that the older we got, the more we realized how much we humans take for granted in our environment. We got tired of just paying the bills as they were and took action to lower our bills, by using less electricity so that the electricity bill was lower, growing vegetables so the grocery bill was lower, and so on… and along the way we learned a lot more than we ever thought about before.
Starting a compost pile seemed like the next natural step. I’m not saying we know exactly what we’re doing with it, but we’re doing it anyway. We’re trying, and that’s where it all starts. I have a new blogging friend over at Healthy People, Healthy Planet who is writing a series on composting and you can be sure I’m following the advice given, as well as researching what I can find to help out. The point is, we couldn’t just sit back and think “Well, it’s not going to matter if we do this, if so-and-so (and everyone else) isn’t doing it, too.” Why? Because it does matter! It matters to our peace of mind, it matters to the earth, it matters to our health… aren’t those 3 very important places to start?
There are so many environmental topics I want to blog about and it’s hard to make up my mind on where to start. They say to always start at the beginning and that sounds fair to me. I’ll tell you what got me started (the 2nd time, I should say). It was a documentary about plastic grocery bags called “Bag It.” Yep – that did it… all I was doing was simply watching a documentary on NetFlix and this guy came on and made sense… maybe too much sense. For me, it was like when you make a snowman. You start out with just a handful of snow and before you know it, you’ve rolled it into part of a big Frosty-like snowman! That’s exactly what it was like for me, one thing lead to another, then another. I read as much as I could about how detrimental these plastic bags were to our planet, and from there it grew and grew. Then it was composting, then more recycling, but more than recycling, what about reducing and reusing? Aren’t those supposed to come before recycling? I could list more, but since I’m straying I’ll get back to my original topic… One thing can change your outlook on many things. I know this, because that’s what happened to me.
Here on my blog, I’d like to tell you about my journey to a greener and simpler lifestyle. I hope you’ll stick around to read some more of my thoughts and ideas. Along the way, I’ll introduce you to posts I’ve found from other bloggers that have helped me learn what I have. I’ve found that the blogging community is full of friendly, knowledgeable people who always want to help others learn about what is important to them. My posts won’t all be environmental, some of them will be things like how we have become a throw-away-society, what our children are (and aren’t) being taught in schools, ways I’ve made my lifestyle more “natural”, how to make (and use) homemade cleaning products, where does our trash go?, where does our recycling go?, etc. I have a lot of things to write about, things that are important to me and hopefully, to you as well.
- Compost Collection Service Diverts Organic Waste from Landfills (learningaboutsocialenterprise.wordpress.com)
- Get the Dirt on Composting at Home (wholefoodsmarket.com)
- Paper or Plastic: Making an Environmentally-Friendly Choice (everydayhealth.com)
- To Know More About Plastic Recycling Process (machinemakers.typepad.com)
- 6 Household Items You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle (familyfocusblog.com)
- How to have a waste-free Christmas (confused.com)