My first big memory of recycling was in second grade. In groups, my class was assigned to produce a puppet show. I can't remember why my idea revolved around recycling, or even why it was picked, but our story was based on the The Berenstain Bear's "Don't Pollute (Anymore)."
|I'm pretty sure this book is still somewhere in my Mother's house|
|"CAPTAIN PLANET! HE'S OUR HERO!"- For the record, I did not have to look up that lyric.|
|I was clearly a tree hugger at an early age.|
But, my new community started a recycling program initiative! I first heard about it at work. Look, we even have bins at the station!
|Bins to recycle cans, plastic & cardboard|
|We are Dreaming Green!|
|My friend MarthaLynn's beautiful daughter helping the earth. Way to go, Bear.|
|My favorite local coffee spot not only recycles, they use & wash silverware instead of tossing plastic.|
|And despite being set to 1850, The Homeplace even recycles!|
So while we each produce 4.4 pounds of solid waste each day, let's try to think of ways that could reduce that waste. Recycling Revolution claims, "if all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!" And while many communities do not offer a recycling pick up, most have at least one recycling drop off location. You would also be surprised by what all can be recycled: sheets of paper, tin foil, even Hershey Kisses wrappers!
Let's also consider the benefits of recycling. Besides the obvious environmental impact, we can save energy, reduce landfill space and pollution, and even promote more job creation for a growing industry. Whether or not you believe in humans' involvement, there is no question our climate is changing. But it's ok, because you know what humans do best? Adapt to our surroundings, and use technology & intelligence to our advantage. Recycling & alternative fuels are just a few ways we can do that. So by recycling that can of soda you shouldn't be drinking (but that's a blog for another day), you are investing in our future.