Monday, January 13, 2014

It's not easy being Green ... In a world of trash can fillers

Being green. Living a green lifestyle.

What does it all mean?

Are you green

Do you find it difficult being green all the time?

The past few years I have noticed more and more people around me reverting back to what I like to call trash can fillers. Sure, if there is a cause or a fundraiser going on, these people are more than happy to help out and recycle all their soda cans and plastic water bottles. However, once that event is over what do they do? Well, from my observations they go right back to their old ways ... the items get thrown in the trash can. If a person can save their recycling for a child who is raising money for conservation, then why can't they save their recycling all the time?

I have heard all the excuses and honestly, none of them are good enough for me. My favorite one has to be that "it all gets mixed together anyway, so why bother" ..
Wow, really? If that is the case at your place of employment or where you live, then I suggest you start asking some questions. If a trash can or bin is labeled as Recycle, then that is exactly what should be done with the contents. Recycle them.

The thought of filling a trash can with items that can be recycled is something that I will probably never be able to understand. It just isn't how I live my life.

I have said it before and I will say it again ... We recycle almost everything! Companies like Terracycle make it so easy to recycle items that would otherwise end up in a landfill, yet so many people won't take the time to do it. All it takes is a small bin, box or bag as a collection spot in your home or workplace. So many things can be recycled.

Being GREEN should not be difficult.

The next time you go to throw something away, please take a minute and think about what you are putting in that trash can. Is it something that can be recycled? Is it something that someone else might want?

Humans are creatures of habit and sometimes old habits are hard to break ... but I have seen it done. When you see someone throw a soda can in the trash, ask them this "Why are you being a trash can filler?" and see what they say. 

I think Kermit said it best ...

When green is all there is to be 
It could make you wonder why 
But why wonder why wonder 
I am green, and it'll do fine 
It's beautiful, and I think it's what I want to be

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