Monday, April 23, 2012

the day after yesterday

Yes!  We've done it.  Or did it or do it.  Yes we do.  I am a mean green machine.

I only do full loads of dishes and laundry (usually)
I walk or bike instead of drive (usually)
I unplug the cell phone once it's charged (usually)
I keep the thermostat at polar temperatures in the wintertime
I hang the laundry on a clothesline instead of using the dryer
I turn things off (shut up), and back in the day,
I even used cotton diapers, yes I did!

Okay, the truth is, we do or did those things in order to save money, not to save the planet.  But I'm still taking my green points.

Yesterday was Earth Day.  Such a romantic holiday, isn't it?

Our celebration started a bit early when Magnum came home from work and presented me with this.

Is it HOT or what?!  It's a REDUCE-YOUR-CARBON-FOOTPRINT jar opener!  Apparently it's made from recycled tires - *swoon*

I vaguely remember a couple of other goodies, but he had me at REDUCE-YOUR-CARBON-FOOTPRINT jar opener. 


Linda Hensley said...

YAY Earth Day! I think you get to keep your green points as long as you don't suddenly win the lottery and start leaving all the lights on :)

Abby said...

Oh no, not that!

Let's see, if I win the lottery, REDUCE-YOUR-CARBON-FOOTPRINT jar openers for all my friends!

terri said...

Earth Day... Yeah! We ... ummmm ... have stopped using so many paper plates (mostly because we ran out of them and I haven't gone to the grocery store.) We DO recycle faithfully. Our city makes it easy. Throw it all in a barrel and they sort it for us. We're getting better about drinking our own tap water out of reusable bottles instead of buying bottles of drinking water.

Okay, okay, so we have a long way to go, but YOU are inspiring!

Rock Chef said...

I hope it doesn't smell like a car tyre!

We are pretty green in our house - except I refused to use cotton nappies/daipers. I swear that the extra washing they caused was worse than using dispisable ones, and anyway I have a theory that disposables will be the fossil fuel of the future! Think about it!

CiCi said...

Poor earth. Treated so badly. Disregarded and abused. I am old enough now to remember the full orange orchards in southern California and the beauty of the Pacific coast and the ice in the Arctic, and much more. I wish Earth Day could be highlighted every day.

Abby said...

You get green points for not going to the grocery store!

Abby said...

I think you're right about the "nappy" washing making them a "wash" when it comes to environmental friendliness. But like I said, we were mainly in them for the money.

I'm not sure what the jar opener smells like, those years of cotton diapers killed my smell buds. Thank God.

Abby said...

At least we get one day a year to think about it.

ShadowRun300 said...

Happy Earth Day! I am all for reducing, reusing, and recycling. It's hard for us though. First off, the kids have to be drug out of the showers each morning. Second, our closest recycling drop off for plastics and cans is 30 miles away, so we're using oil to get there. (We just save up til we have a whole bunch, then go.) The paper/cardboard drop off is in our town though, so we recycle ALL our paper products. AND I bring as much paper and cardboard from the hotel as I can fit in my Mustang to recycle. Can you believe we don't have a recycling program there? It bothers me so much! But I've gotten the other agents to print our reports on the backs of other reports so we're at least using the paper twice before we pitch/recycle it.
I could go on and on, but I'll make myself stop now. Glad to hear you're Earth friendly too. :)Every little bit helps!

agg79 said...

Happy Earth Day! Time to turn off the lights, turn up the a/c or down the heat, go plant a tree, recycle your plastic/paper, clean up the park. We strive to conserve our stuff and recycle everything we can, but sometimes they make it too difficult/inconvenient for people to do it. I do the plastic/paper/glass recycling and I am looking for a place to recycle some old electronics but there isn't anything within 30 miles. Too bad it is only one day a year.