"Going Green" is such a trendy thing to do right now. I've been guilty of sometimes rolling my eyes at environmental issues because I think there are SO many more important issues to be worrying about. And the Bible says that this Earth is going to be destroyed someday anyway, right? So I guess that was my reasoning for never caring much about my impact on the environment. Really, it was just a cop out, though.
Lately, I've stumbled upon a lot of blogs of women who take their responsibility to take care of God's creation seriously. It made me think a lot. Yes, this world won't be around forever, but shouldn't we take care of what God has blessed us with, and not waste it?
Okay, confession: Luke and I don't recycle. Look at this picture taken out of our bedroom window, and you'll see why this is such a horrible thing:
Yep, those yellow bins are the neighborhood recycle bins. We are bad people :-P
But my eyes have been opened. It's silly for us to be so wasteful while the recycle bins are so close to our house! It's going to be tough, since we have absolutely no extra space in our kitchen. But I'm thinking about using some kind of stackable bin system to store our plastic, glass, aluminum, and newspapers until we take them down to the bins.
I've thought of some other things I'd like to implement at our house to be less wasteful.
1. Become educated! Find out where the products that I buy come from, and how far they had to travel to get here.
2. Buy locally. I stopped buying groceries at Wal-Mart about 9 months ago, but I still go there for lots of other things. I would love to support local businesses more because of the economy. Plus, if you buy locally, you know that your products weren't produced at a sweat shop somewhere, and they weren't shipped across the world to get to you. How much more fun would it be to buy my produce at a local farmer's market than at a big, chain grocery store?
3. Recycle (already mentioned this one :-P)
4. Waste less electricity and water. Luke and I are definitely guilty of leaving lots of lights on in the house. And I personally like to take extremely long showers, and I don't turn the water off while I brush my teeth. Just changing those things will make a huge difference on the imprint we're leaving on the Earth.
5. Buy less, consume less. This one will save me money, as well!
6. I'm toying with the idea of making my own cleaning products. At least for some things. Much better on the environment, and again, it will save money!
7. The craziest idea I've had yet is cloth diapers when we have babies. I know it's awhile off, but I'm contamplating the idea for when the time comes. I wonder how many diapers a single baby will use in their lifetime? Diapers can take up to 500 years to biodegrade. I don't know if I can justify using "disposable" diapers. Or maybe I'll just use cloth diapers at home, and disposable diapers when we are away from home. That would at least cut down significantly on the number of diapers used. I'm seeing dollar signs in my head just thinking about all the money we'll save!
Anyway, I'm not planning on implementing all of these ideas at the same time, because I think it will be overwhelming! But I can certainly start by recycling, using less, and buying local.
What ideas have you implemented, or want to implement in your own home to help take care of God's creation?