It is a beautiful spring morning here in Maine (could be a little warmer) but the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and my tulips are just about ready to say hello! Today is Earth day! So Happy Earth day to you Earth! I am sorry us humans are mucking you up! It amazes me how much trash we dispose of everyday. We are a throw away country, where ease takes over what is good for us and the planet. I wanted to share a video with all of you that I found so inspiring. Until I watched this video I thought I was doing a pretty good job.
I just found so much inspiration from watching this video! There is so much more my husband and I can do. We don't do awful, we recycle everything we can, reuse glass containers, pack our own lunches, create about 1 full bag of trash a month, use microfiber dishcloths and cleaning cloths, use paper napkins, bring our own bags when we shop, among other things...however there is so much more we could be doing and so much less trash we could be creating. This next video I wanted to share to remind people that trash doesn't just disappear. It may disappear from your minds but all that trash has to go somewhere.
Did you know that your diapers (unless you were in cloth) from when you were a baby are still in a landfill?! Nasty! Diapers take about 500 years to break down, meaning they will outlive us. Now I am just not OK with my old diapers living longer than me! Longer than my children and their children and their children! YIKES! One last video on the breakdown of diapers for you. In case I didn't shock you with the whole 500 years bit.
Alright folks I am getting off my soap box for now but I really thought this information was important to share. We are all so consumed in our lives and getting things done that we often forget about taking care of our planet :-( Making small changes in your household can create a huge difference for our environment. Buying less prepackaged food, buying bulk and bringing reusable containers, compost, etc.. There are so many different things you can do. This changes will not hinder your life, if anything they will make it greater, there is no greater peace than knowing you are doing something to benefit the future of our planet. My next step is to get compostable toothbrushes , bring containers with me when I buy bulk (instead of using the plastic bags), and finding out how to get rid of pesky junk mail! I am excited about the new changes we are making and hope I have inspired others to make some changes in their lives. Try something today in honor of Earth Day, even if you just skip out on buying something packaged or bring your own reusable bag when you shop today.
What do you do to support our environment? What is your favorite green thing to do? (mine is my reusable shopping bags, I love them and use them for everything! I even used them to move once!)
Peace, Love and Happy Earth Day!