In the background, my garbage-art installation in blue and turquoise from Belize beaches. P.S. The tiny superman (forefront) was picked up on a beach in Costa Rica.
I'm not a perfect green citizen. But every year I add a new green activity. The trick, I think, is picking an objective that is easy to fulfill, like losing one pound vs. trying to lose forty pounds in six months. It's easy to lose one pound and keep it off. The latter is extremely difficult to master long term. So it goes with green efforts. I'm certainly not going to save the planet, but at least I can sweep up some of my dirty footprints.
a) I use small cloth napkins that I made from old scrap material. No more paper.
b) I use newspaper to wrap all gifts. Or used brown paper bags with smiley faces. I do buy bows, however. But I reuse the-heck-out of them.
c) I use reusable straws. No more plastic throw-aways.
d) I use 95% of all leftovers, freezing scraps for soup and making bone broth. The key is to go through your fridge and freezer regularly, pushing older items to the forefront. The most important factor for me is to never waste meat as an animal gave its life for me.
e) We compost and recycle. Duh.
f) I make Christmas ornaments out of paper scraps. Sigh. Sorry fish. I do use glitter. I bought the glitter year's ago and I don't buy anything unless I'm going to use it. I glitter over paper and pour the unused glitter back into the container.
g) We keep a picnic pack in the car and don't use extra plastic silverware from restaurants. Now, if restaurants would stop filling the oceans with unwanted plastic silverware! Ugh! My biggest take-out pet peeve. Did I ask for plastic silverware? No!
h) I don't use facial scrubs with plastic micro beads.
i) I use minimal harsh chemical cleaners. Vinegar works best!
So what's my next green objective? I'm considering using bar soaps instead of shampoo. What about you?
I didn't pick up trash for an art project during our Belize, 2020 trip, but I couldn't resist a sad photo safari of yesterday's treasures...
It's a bird face.
This is an excellent rum! We brought home rum and gin.
Have a fruitful and productive Earth day. Go green!
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