I’d like to think of myself as environmentally conscious. In fact, I’ve set up a “recycling center” in the house to help sort our items. Every Tuesday the neighborhood puts out 4 bins for recycling – paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass. Residents are encouraged to sort their recycling and the pickup is on Wednesday morning. Ever since the recycling center has been in place, I can honestly say that our recycling quota has increased ten fold. Now instead of having the recyclable items clutter up the counter (as was the case in the past) it all neatly gets filed away in the center. And it makes the Tuesday sort even easier. I picked up this 3 drawer rolling caddy from Target for about $10 and printed the labels on my computer at work.
So here’s the center empty on Tuesday night.
And here is it full on Tuesday evening.
Any cardboard or larger items that don’t fit in the drawers get put into a paper bag and rest on top. This recycling center is tucked into the corner of the kitchen so it doesn’t impede traffic when I’m cooking and guests aren’t forced to stare it down while eating. Everyone gets a hoot when they see it.
I’m trying to apply more “green” principles to everyday life too and making smarter decisions when it comes to purchases. I have a Camelback that I use each day to (1) monitor my water intake (8 glasses or more) and (2) it cuts out the need for bottled water and the waste. Ryan and I recycle grocery bags for needs around the house and I will be using only wrapping paper that is made from recycled materials for Christmas this year. We keep some plastic containers (butter, feta cheese, etc) to reuse as storage for leftovers. Every little bit helps and I hope to keep on adding to the list of things we do to improve the environment. What “green” ideas have you implemented in your daily life?