1 green thing: It is never too late for ‘green resolutions’

By Jan Herbert

Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

1. Boycott plastic water bottles. I finally bought nice, metal, reusable bottles … if we can all remember to take ours wherever we go, we can eventually “break the habit” of plastic. OK, there are some situations where it is impossible, but we can at least resolve to do better. When you have emptied the plastic bottle, make sure it goes into a recycling bin, even if you have to take it home with you.

2. I hope to do better at using reusable bags for grocery shopping. It is easy for me to remember to put the bags back into the car, but difficult to remember to carry them in with me! I will also be trying to remember to use them at the drug store and other places. If we do not accept the use of plastic bags, maybe the prices will begin to go down.

3. Just what is TRULY recyclable? Sometimes I am just guessing. When you put things that are NOT recyclable into the container, it means somebody wastes their time during the sorting procedure and then still throws the item away. Join me and call your waste hauler to find out FOR CERTAIN what they accept and what they do not.

4. The biggest and best “green resolution” is to keep doing what we are already doing and let others see us doing it. My mother would have probably said we need some “monkey-see, monkey-do.” It is OK with me when folks want to be copycats. Invite others to join you in your green efforts. You just might be surprised to discover the only reason they have not done anything green is they do not know where to begin. Make it easy, start with a child!

For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at JanHerbert@RockfordParkdistrict.org.

From the Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2010 issue

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