My mom says I’m sensitive. My dad says I’m a tree-hugger. But I just say I’m passionate. Some of the things I’m passionate about are my family, my friends (and I’ll passionately fight for anything doing them unjustly wrong,) fitness, food, and animals.
Note the last one – animals. I’ve always loved animals and have been involved in local humane societies for as lone as I’ve lived here. I was also a vegetarian for a couple years (and now just eat meat very rarely.) As sensitive/tree-hugging/passionate I am about animals, I’ve never been too concerned about the environment.
Now, I’m fairly uneducated about the environment, but my take on global warming is that record highs were mostly years and years ago, and the winters here in Illinois are still bitterly cold. I know this probably sounds ignorant to some of you, but at the end of the day, it’s just not where one of my passions has fallen.
Despite my lack of passion for the environment, I know I should do more to help it out. At the very least, we should recycle.
Hence, in the past few months, Shane and I have made some changes in order to help our household be more environmentally friendly.
We now use eco-friendly light bulbs:
We bought an HE washer and dryer:
We hide our paper towel roll holder in the cabinet so it’s not as accessible to just grab a paper towel:
our paper towel consumption has plummeted because we use more cloth towels instead!
And we also recycle:
However, the thing with the town of Normal is there’s no curbside recycling program. This means each week, one of us has to pack up all of our recycling, separate it, and drive it over to one of the recycling hubs in town.
I know this might sound trite, but this is a pain. We do it, but it’s one of those chores we let build up because no one wants to take it over. I think there would be WAY more Normal residents recycling if the town offered a curbside recycling program.
Lunch was eaten on the go today. Over lunch I had to run to the dealership, so I packed up leftovers of the warm quinoa and grapefruit salad (the last of it! tear!)
So dang delicious.
Off to the dealership!
Do you recycle? Does your city offer curbside recycling?