• Jena

The challenge of going greener

My parents were smart about not wasting water, money, energy or time.  They just did it so naturally. We all never thought about it much.  When I grew up and was on my own, I have dabbled with being green in same way that I dabbled with using cloth diapers.  

I’d get a big energy burst, buy all of these cloth diapers, find a procedure for it and do it very faithfully for a few months.  Then I’d get distracted and start adding more and more disposables. Ugh.  

That’s kind of how my recycling adventures have gone also.  I’d get all excited about it and have these grand procedures going and get distracted.  Well, I’m no longer doing diapers (cloth or otherwise), so I don’t need to feel guilty about that issue anymore (whew!)..

But I still consume stuff.  Last November when we switched garbage companies, recycling was not included in our weekly pickup.  So, you know what I did?  Nothing.  That’s it.  nothing.

I just threw all of the stuff in the trash!  Guilty!!  Sorry sorry sorry!!!  

So, we only have 1.5 weeks left of homeschooling for the year (7 days to be exact.. not that we’re chomping at the bit here or anything)… so, I’d like to announce my new challenge to myself for the summer months.  I am going to make some changes around here.


1. I’d like to find out where you can drop-off recyclables in the Rockford area.  

2. I need to set up a schedule of when and how often I plan to go.

3. I need to set up a system in my garage for collecting things that is user-friendly.

Other things I’d like to do:

1. Make some cloth napkins and use those regularly.

2. Use and bring my own cloth shopping bags to the grocery store.

3. Bring a pyrex container in my purse when I go to restaurants, so I don’t need to use styrofoam for leftovers.

4. Make my husband lunch, so he doesn’t need to eat out as much.

5. Join freecycle and list a few items

6. Read about composting–not sure how to do this and if it is feasible.

7. List things on Craig’s list before they get too old.

Oh, and I didn’t get this motivation from some sort of internal force.  Keeper of the Home wrote a great ebook called: Healthy Homemaking.  She’s done a great job!  I’m only on chapter 1!  I ordered the book, and I’m really enjoying it. 

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