“Can you recycle this here?” (Holding up a massive can from gravy)
“I could recycle, but just throw it away.”
[conversation between two aunts overheard at family Thanksgiving ]
Me? I couldn’t even throw away the two graham crackers left on the plate with my appetizer dip and felt totally guilty using a new plastic fork for dessert after my plate was inadvertently cleared.
The aunts in question would have simply had to take the can upstairs to the garage. I get it, really, I do, because I’m an incredibly lazy person at heart. Sometimes it takes great effort to turn my will toward doing all the things I know I need to be doing. Sometimes I throw away things that could be recycled, too, especially little pieces of paper and plastic baggies. It seems too much effort to get it all the way to the garage…and those are “losing words” that won’t accomplish anything, I know.
We are all called to do what we can with the energy we’ve been given. Some days, I really don’t think God is calling me to rinse out and recycle every plastic bag. It would make me too crabby. I hope I’m not the only one like that! This series is as much to give myself a kick in the pants as it is for you.
It is the perfect time of year to tackle the issue of waste, although the issue of “waist” is also appropriate!
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, America’s waste increases 25% (and our collective waist…?). We waste a ton. In fact, a million EXTRA tons per week. Parties, cards, wrapping paper…it all adds up to a lot of garbage.
I’ve been impressed since I entered the blogosphere with some folks’ commitment to reducing their waste. Beth of Fake Plastic Fish is an admirable example: here is a list of all the plastic she’s stopped using over the years. I won’t ever attain such low waste status, and I’m okay with that. I’d like to continue improving though, and I think the Lord would like me to as well.
What might you need to cut down on in the garbage field? If nothing else, may this series challenge you to increase your consciousness of the effects of our actions and your dislike of unnecessary waste. It nearly gives me a heart attack when I see someone rampantly wasting raw materials. I wish those same palpitations on you. 😉
Here are some topics we’ll cover this month:
- Reusing kitchen containers
- Holiday trappings – ways to reduce your gift and celebratory waste
- Substituting the real thing for disposables
- 3 Ways to Avoid Throwing Christmas Cards Away
- Cleaning house – what you DON’T need to throw away