1 Green Thing: Just say ‘YES!’ to a greener lifestyle

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.”

Don’t want your children to have a lifestyle lower than the one you live? Then learn how to say YES.

When they ask if they can give you a container so you can take home leftover food served in a restaurant … say YES, but not to the Styrofoam container they offer. Ask instead for a piece of aluminum foil. (Then, when you get home and eat the tasty morsels, rinse the aluminum foil and place in the recycling container.)

What else?

Say YES to toothbrushes, and buy a wooden toothbrush with real bristles (they are available, according to an article in the New York Times).

Say YES to tap water. Did you know it takes 26 bottles of water to produce the plastic container for a 1-liter bottle of water and that doing so pollutes 25 liters of groundwater (according to thedailygreen.com). I know it is difficult to eliminate the use of bottled water … but consider not buying it … and when offered it, just say YES, you’d love a glass of tap water. Also, invest in a stainless steel water bottle for every member of your family, and take your own tap water with you. Do not use the excuse there is something wrong with water … get it checked and prove it to yourself. Buy a filter for the faucet, or one of those filtered jug things.

“According to the Go Green Initiative, the world population is expanding too quickly for the world’s resources to keep up — If we do not choose to go green and use green products to help conserve those natural resources, our children, and grandchildren will have a lower quality of life.”

Now THAT is just plain scary.

From the July 13-19, 2011 issue

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