So yesterday was Earth Day, right? What’s the big deal? I do my part every day. These are all things you can implement in your own homes and communities to say, “I care. I’m doing my part.”
Here are the top ten ways I do my part everyday:
1. I walk to the mailbox instead of driving. (My husband asked if I ever actually drove to the mailbox or even considered it. “Well, no. But that’s beside the point. I COULD if I wanted to, right? But I don’t drive. I walk. Hence I am saving our earth from the terrible emissions that I COULD be churning into the air IF I did drive.)
2. I carpool to school. I know what you’re thinking. ‘You only take your own children to school.’ Yes, but if we lived in California any car with more than one person in it can drive in the carpool lane. So there.
3. I don’t iron. Can you imagine how much energy I am saving by wearing wrinkled clothing?
4. Our children do not flush the toilet for days on end, saving gallons of water. Now if we can find a way to manage the smell we could possibly go a few days longer before flushing.
5. We only clean our carpets once every…hmmm… we never clean our carpets unless we’re putting our house on the market. Again, this saves the environment from harsh chemicals.
6. We forget to feed our hamsters so they eat each other. This eliminates the need to purchase an excess of animal products which aren’t particularly earth friendly, or so I hear.
7. We collect the trash found at our lakehouse dam and make art with it. You can’t imagine what you can make when you find an empty worm tub, part of a raft and some fish bones. Seriously.
8. We practice the quiet game in our car which cuts down on the horrible toxins coming from the mouths of children that forget to brush their teeth. Cutting down on toxic air is a priority.
9. We use a remote-control fart machine for pranks instead of plugging in another electronic gadget.
10. My friend over at http://www.inthespaces.com says that NOT wearing underwear does NOT count for ways to save the earth. Well, listen here Mr. You Know Who You Are… Having four boys means lots of well, uh, streaks on the tighty whities. It takes a lot of effort to get those stains out, and sometimes they need to go through the washer two or three times. Going commando for a few days here and there reduces my laundry pile as well as the need for extra detergent and loads of water. So, I disagree. NOT wearing underwear DOES count.
For those of you who think you are not “GREEN”, look again. Like me, I’ll bet you’re doing your part in more ways than you ever imagined. I’d love to stay and blog away but I need to gear up for the walk to the mailbox.