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Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day today, BJ and I took a trash bag with us on our walk to school so that we could "be nice to the Earth" (as BJ put it) and do some clean up. He'd been wanting to do this for a while -- it's astonishing how much trash can be found on our typical daily route.

Earth Day is one of my favorite things about April, so I thought I'd write about it for this round of the Etsyblogger carnival.

Our 15 minute walk yielded a pretty good bag's worth of garbage. Mostly paper, wrappers, fast food cups, bits of plastic, straws, a big piece of black plastic something that had been discarded. And lots and lots of cigarette butts. (PSA to the litterbug smokers out there: THE WORLD IS NOT YOUR ASHTRAY. Sheesh.) All that was in the white bag. Plus one can and one bottle we could recycle, both in the brown bag.

He was pretty proud of our work, and it will make our daily stroll a little more pleasant, so it's all good.

More Earth Day related handmade goodness: last night, I made some family gifts -- a bunch of cloth napkins and a reusable tote

I was pretty pleased with how they all turned out, especially the re-usable shopping tote. I was using reclaimed fabrics (two very nice cotton canvas decorator fabric scraps). Both had been acquired at a recent FabMo distribution, so it was especially eco-friendly, both in purpose and in materials. Yay!

Happy Earth Day to you -- what are you doing to be a little greener and show your love for this amazing, irreplacable planet of ours?

1 comment:

cath c said...

great job! when my oldest was little and we lived in an urban setting, one of his nicknames was 'litter police' because everywhere we walked, he picked up trash. i told him not to pick up the butts though, too nasty. when i was in college (and smoked) a bunch of us smokers went around and picked up the butts on a fairly regular basis, a lot of us even kept the remains in pocket until a garbage can appeared when we finished one. i kept that habit as long as i smoked. thank goodness i quit.

newest green thing i am doing is actually using the humus from my rudimentary compost pile to garden, rather than buying some in, yes, plastic bags.