"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

22 April 2010

Happy Earth Day!

I'm not exactly an environmentalist. Far from it. But I do believe in taking care of what I've been given, and that includes this earth, my body, my home.

So I do my best by:
- turning off lights when I'm not in rooms
- unplugging chargers when they aren't being used
- turning off the laptop instead of just sticking it on hibernate
- using reusable tote bags when grocery shopping
- putting my plastic and glass IN my reusable totes so I don't forget to take them to the store
- recycling all paper/cardboard products
- shopping at farmers' markets in the spring/summer/fall
- growing my own vegetables in the spring/summer
- eating healthy foods
- washing out and reusing Ziploc bags

Although, to be perfectly honest, that last one may stem more from my mother's obsession with not wasting anything. What can I say? She's Korean. :~)

I'd also love to have a clothesline for the spring/summer/fall, but we have yet to figure out how to rig one up. Our backyard is sparsely vegetated ... as in, the owner has NOTHING planted in the backyard. 

Any other good ideas out there for taking care of our earth and living in a healthy way (without breaking the bank)?

1 comment:

  1. composting has cut down drastically on our waste as well. thankfully our city allows us to include this in our yard waste since im not exactly a true composter. maybe you could think about that since you have a garden? you have great ideas already. i used to do the bag thing but i never felt like i got them clean enough and i ran out of space to dry them. but matt and i are cutting down on our usage of things we have to throw away.