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April 22, 2009


Here’s to the many ways it’s easy being green[er], to the eco-chic trends that are making it cool, and to the three-Rs mantra (reduce, reuse, recycle) that breaks it down so well.

We do a little more all the time to live by it. Since this time last year, we’ve been using cloth diapers alongside bleach-free disposables. When it isn’t freezing, we take the wash out to the clothesline. We have a new compost bin that D built last month out of old wood and wire. We’re using egg cartons and plastic mixed greens packages to start seeds this spring. Jack sports used clothing (I’ve noticed that “gently worn” is the preferred term for it, the way “previously owned” is for vehicles). We shop flea markets, antique stores, Etsy and the classifieds.  Since our rural recycling service began accepting plastics no. 1 through 7, our monthly load of recyclables has eclipsed the garbage we put out each week.

Which all sounds great — but we can always do more (for instance, in these 40 ways) and waste less. I wish for lots of reasons that we could carpool to work together again rather than driving 35 miles each in opposite directions (some day). I look forward to finishing our new addition (hello, footprint) and setting up my sewing machine, so that I can repurpose used clothes of our own. This year I want to do more gardening, more canning. More staying instead of going. I hope I can sustain at least those goals.

Happy Earth Day.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2009 10:11 pm

    It is good to think about what you are doing as well as what you could do. I live in a very pro-green area, and even here it can feel overwhelming – all the “should”. Nice to remember what we are doing and then commit to more. My list includes: donating unneeded by perfectly useable stuff to this weekend’s “useful goods exchange” and hoping to get some good used stuff in return.

  2. rachelkempf permalink
    April 23, 2009 3:40 am

    Hi Leslie,
    Susan mentioned you in a recent facebook note to me and then you commented on my blog! I’ve been enjoying reading your past entries. I knew as soon as I saw the first entry (from today, I believe) that I would like you…from cloth diapers to recycling to gardening to the sewing machine. It sounds like our lives have many similarities. Susan mentioned that you might want to visit Mountain View sometime. Just let me know when and you’re more than welcome to stay at our house. I’m planning on making it to the Fayetteville area at some point as well. Whichever comes first, we’ll have to pick each other’s brains. Nice to meet you!

  3. April 23, 2009 1:22 pm

    WOW!… you do a lot of “green things”… good for you!… on a side note, you have been an avid poster lately… go you!

    – Melissa

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