22 April 2008

Happy Earth Day!

According to Wikipedia, April 22nd marks the anniversary of the beginning of the modern environmental movement. I don't know how long it's been celebrated, although I've heard of it before I really always forget about it. However, lately I'm thinking more about taking responsibility for how I treat the environment--and setting an example for my family.

Some things I'm doing are:
  1. recycling all my plastic shopping bags
  2. recycling plastic storage bags (like Ziplocs)
  3. changing all light bulbs to the compact fluorescent ones
  4. buying more organic foods
  5. switching to *green* cleaners
My next thing is to start taking my own bags to the store with me. I was getting ready to invest in some of those canvas bags that you can get at Hobby Lobby or Wal-Mart for 3/$5.85--then I found this awesome project. Being involved in student ministry insures that I have more t-shirts that I could ever possibly wear, so I'm making them into resuable shopping bags! Well, to be honest, I've begged my sister (who actually knows how to, you know, sew) to whip them for me. Pretty cool, huh? I can't wait to use them!!

You can go here to download a checklist with 101 ways to go green. It has some great ideas for being environmentally responsible. Oh--and here are some great ways for you and your kids to celebrate Earth Day.

What are some things you are doing to help protect our environment? I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

EDITED: I just found this great giveaway at the Crunchy Domestic Goddess in honor of Earth Day. Go check it out!!


Songlee said...

Hey Lora, welcome home and I appreciate the blog comment. I can't wait to see you guys. are you busy Thur around 1 or 2?????

Kelli said...

Happy Earth Day, Lora!

debber said...

An excellent idea!

I grew up respecting the earth but I think there are always ways to grow in that area. Like you, we've started to take more responsibility for helping like recycling plastics and other items. It's amazing how MUCH we use. Instead of jumping on the bandwagon of going 'green', I prefer to think of it as being good stewards of creation. Similar goals without all the PC highlights.