Going green is so trendy

Going green or being green or watching your carbon footprint is such a trendy thing to do these days. Growing up, I remember recycling was just something we just did. It was fun to haul all the soda cans to the recycle place and watch them get sucked into the machine and then end up with enough change to buy a popsicle. I wore hand-me-downs and passed my clothes on to others. We ate leftovers and we had compost piles. I made gifts out of pieces and parts of things – and here we are again talking about recycling and saving and reusing.

What’s really changed?

I still go to the thrift store and look for useful items. I still try to reuse, my kids share clothes at times and I still get grumpy when leftovers are thrown out instead of eaten. Is the new trend to Go Green just a marketing pitch to remind us we can make a difference? It’s entertaining to me how now there is this big bandwagon we can jump on, dance together in green happiness and declare ourselves conscience of the world around us and how we interact with it.

eco friendly penguins

From my perspective, my family could cut down the the things we throw away and focus a bit more on how to reuse or recycle. I’ve even made a collection of eco friendly penguins to aid in the reminding of the earth we have to take care of. However, I’m pretty sure all penguins are eco friendly, mine simply like to brag about it. I have heard penguins in general are pro-green… they poop quite a bit – they’re so very helpful to be fortifying the soil for our veggie growing, don’t you think? Yes, I know, too bad they don’t waddle in my garden.

Sure, we use plastic more these days than when I was a kid – except tupperware maybe. I think the plastic push started with the “Save the Trees” campaign – use alternatives to paper. Now our landfills are filling up with plastics that won’t decompose so we’re back to paper or using other fibers and fabrics. Will the next trend be “Save the Sheep”, because they’re all hairless and cold? Will computers and other advances in technology be encased in boxes made of corn husks?

save the sheep!

I love the concept of “Go Green”, I think it’s important to be aware of our resources and be mindful how we use them. I think the concept is even more important than the global issue, we need to conserve within our homes and families and offices. I think it’s also important to give back and replenish what we use. It’s like the Girl Scout cookies in the cabinet.. they aren’t always available so you have to watch how quickly you eat them, and if you are the one to eat the last cookie, you better have a plan to make sure there are more for everyone else.

I’d you’d like to look trendy, I suggest you grab a Recycle penguin t-shirt and wear it with pride!

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Jaime May 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

You know, I remember the push for being green back when I was a kid, but it was called being responsible. I think that's how it should be, not pushing a program that makes people feel better about themselves for doing things, they should already be doing in the first place.

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Jaime May 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

You know, I remember the push for being green back when I was a kid, but it was called being responsible. I think that's how it should be, not pushing a program that makes people feel better about themselves for doing things, they should already be doing in the first place.

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Barbara Burns May 13, 2009 at 2:19 pm

When I was a kid in Des Moines … back when soda pop was mainly distributed in glass bottles … those bottles were a prize to be gathered for a kid with a serious comic book addiction.

I would search my neighborhood for a mile or more from my house looking for them … along the city streets … in ditches … mud puddles … by the railroad tracks … everywhere … and with permission, even in people's yard for those who did not want to return their own bottles … the corner store lady knew me and my red wagon VERY well. I was one of her regulars and summer time was a bonanza of candy bars, store bought fruit like apples & peaches plus the marvelous adventures in comic books.

I graduated to picking up lost unclaimed money (pennies, nickels, dimes & even quarters) casually scattered on the ground or in parking lots or on Mall floors all over the world.

It taught me responsibility … it taught me to work for things I wanted … it taught me to respect nature because I saw the garbage some people threw out with no regard to keeping our homes and neighborhood clean.

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Barbara Burns May 13, 2009 at 2:19 pm

When I was a kid in Des Moines … back when soda pop was mainly distributed in glass bottles … those bottles were a prize to be gathered for a kid with a serious comic book addiction.

I would search my neighborhood for a mile or more from my house looking for them … along the city streets … in ditches … mud puddles … by the railroad tracks … everywhere … and with permission, even in people's yard for those who did not want to return their own bottles … the corner store lady knew me and my red wagon VERY well. I was one of her regulars and summer time was a bonanza of candy bars, store bought fruit like apples & peaches plus the marvelous adventures in comic books.

I graduated to picking up lost unclaimed money (pennies, nickels, dimes & even quarters) casually scattered on the ground or in parking lots or on Mall floors all over the world.

It taught me responsibility … it taught me to work for things I wanted … it taught me to respect nature because I saw the garbage some people threw out with no regard to keeping our homes and neighborhood clean.

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Jaime May 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm

You know, I remember the push for being green back when I was a kid, but it was called being responsible. I think that's how it should be, not pushing a program that makes people feel better about themselves for doing things, they should already be doing in the first place.

Reply

Jaime May 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm

You know, I remember the push for being green back when I was a kid, but it was called being responsible. I think that's how it should be, not pushing a program that makes people feel better about themselves for doing things, they should already be doing in the first place.

Reply

Barbara Burns May 13, 2009 at 8:19 pm

When I was a kid in Des Moines … back when soda pop was mainly distributed in glass bottles … those bottles were a prize to be gathered for a kid with a serious comic book addiction.

I would search my neighborhood for a mile or more from my house looking for them … along the city streets … in ditches … mud puddles … by the railroad tracks … everywhere … and with permission, even in people's yard for those who did not want to return their own bottles … the corner store lady knew me and my red wagon VERY well. I was one of her regulars and summer time was a bonanza of candy bars, store bought fruit like apples & peaches plus the marvelous adventures in comic books.

I graduated to picking up lost unclaimed money (pennies, nickels, dimes & even quarters) casually scattered on the ground or in parking lots or on Mall floors all over the world.

It taught me responsibility … it taught me to work for things I wanted … it taught me to respect nature because I saw the garbage some people threw out with no regard to keeping our homes and neighborhood clean.

Reply

Barbara Burns May 13, 2009 at 8:19 pm

When I was a kid in Des Moines … back when soda pop was mainly distributed in glass bottles … those bottles were a prize to be gathered for a kid with a serious comic book addiction.

I would search my neighborhood for a mile or more from my house looking for them … along the city streets … in ditches … mud puddles … by the railroad tracks … everywhere … and with permission, even in people's yard for those who did not want to return their own bottles … the corner store lady knew me and my red wagon VERY well. I was one of her regulars and summer time was a bonanza of candy bars, store bought fruit like apples & peaches plus the marvelous adventures in comic books.

I graduated to picking up lost unclaimed money (pennies, nickels, dimes & even quarters) casually scattered on the ground or in parking lots or on Mall floors all over the world.

It taught me responsibility … it taught me to work for things I wanted … it taught me to respect nature because I saw the garbage some people threw out with no regard to keeping our homes and neighborhood clean.

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