I was supposed to be a state leader for B Kind 2 Earth Day, April 22nd.
I was supposed to commit to doing one thing for the earth on Friday.
The only problem was that my week got a wrench thrown into it when I flooded the bathroom (real earth friendly, I know.)
3 inches of water in the bathroom and half my bedroom carpet soaked.
Buckets, towels, shop vac, and fans later, it's mostly dried out.
I got our B Kind 2 Earth Day t-shirts in the mail the day before. One small adult size that fit me fine, and two ginormous child mediums.
My children don't even wear 'child' sizes yet.
So I "upcycled" the big t-shirts by sewing them to fit my babes.
I know, I know...I'm an earth-lovin' fool.
|Hmm...I'm thinking that maybe Earth Day wasn't quite the "EGG-citing" holiday this weekend. (You don't get candy on Earth Day?? Then what's it for??!)|
|Don't judge my plants and that terrifying cactus. I clearly spend little to zero time 'gardening' here. (I planted these to stop people from walking right in front of my patio.)|
|And we spent some time playing in the dirt. Can't love the earth much more than that right?|
|Seriously, how can you resist this face? (Spend an hour with him in a church meeting and you'll gladly give him back!)|
(Don't tell the earth but I totally forgot to take my re-useable grocery bags to the store.)
I love the earth though. And if I didn't live in an apartment where being 'green' is extremely difficult, I would definitely make more of an effort. Here is a list of things I would do:
- Have my own vegetable garden
- Start a compost
- Have a laundry drying line
- Recycle plastics and papers
- Install energy efficient appliances and lo-flow toilet thingys
- Use my lawn clippings to mulch my garden
- Rescue old furniture and such from thrift stores and yard sales and make it over
- Build furniture/decor out of wood pallets
- Purchase lots of our clothes from thrift stores
- Re-use my children's clothes for their siblings
And the list goes on! Several of those things (the thrifting and upcycling) I do already. But it's near impossible to have a garden where I live (meaning in an apartment), let alone a laundry drying line. I tried to recycle for awhile but since they don't do apartment pickup, I was lugging bags and bags of plastic to recycling areas and it just got increasingly difficult once I had my second baby.
It's always easy to do the non-green thing (use the dryer, throw stuff away, etc.) But we really should try to do our part to leave less of a footprint.
The Earth is a great gift to us that we need to treat well!
Happy Belated Earth Day!