April 22, 2015

Consumption Rules Refresher for Earth Day: April 22nd, 2015

Today I celebrated Earth Day by…generating one heck of a lot of paperwork.  My job is not the most earth-friendly in the entire world.

We did enjoy ice-creams tonight in cones (except for one of us who shall remain nameless who needed a plastic cup).  Cone are, after all, the most environmentally friendly way to eat ice-cream (no dishes to wash and use up energy, no plastic dishes to recycle).  I wish more treats came in edible packages! Incidentally, Max suggested a new flavour of ice-cream: ice-cream cone flavour…

Shifting focus, however, I’ve been thinking about Spring cleaning, which many people are doing right about now.  It comes with its challenges, earth-friendly-wise. Thus, it seemed like a good time for a little reminder (to myself and whomever is reading this) on the “stuff” rules:

Before acquiring:

1. Do I really need to buy this?  If no, then don’t!  Problem solved.

Once you want to rid yourself of said object:

2. Can I use this object in some other fashion?  Then do so!

3. Could someone else use this object?  Great, give or sell it to that person.

4. Can this item be recycled?  Make sure you do so correctly.

5. Can I learn from my mistake?  This is if 1-4 do not work and you need to put the item into the landfill. Of course, there will always be things that will fall, unavoidably, into this category. Sadly, this will be the case with my leaky boots.  I’d love a better solution to worn-out/broken footwear.  Alas.

Happy Earth Day and keep the earth in mind when you’re consuming!

Day 173 scorecard: 865 down, 960 to go.

Illustrated below (to assure Grandparents and for posterity’s sake) photos of Clara’s eggs and in situ in combination with Solomon’s eggs.  Also, I apologize for the quality.  It’s already past electronics-off time…I had to rush!

Totally adorable...but they would be deadly stink bombs if they fell.

Totally adorable…but they would be deadly stink bombs if they fell.

South African bird, Ukrainian Eggs, locally sourced pre-fallen chickadee nests, and the eggs made by Clara.

South African bird, Ukrainian Eggs, locally sourced pre-fallen chickadee nests, and the eggs made by Clara.

 

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