Today is Earth Day, I think every day should be Earth Day. Now I am not about to tell you that you need to change the way you live to be more environmentally friendly but I do think that everyone can make small changes and just be more aware in their daily lives of what impact we have on the world.
What have I done to make changes? It has only been the last couple of years that I have started to become more aware of our impact and there are many changes I would like to make but I take it one step at a time. Firstly, I speak often with the children about our impact and what they can do to make the world a little better. I speak to them about not dropping rubbish and why we should not drop rubbish. Just the other day Alfie decided it would be fun to rub polystyrene together and litter it all over the ground ‘SNOW’ he shouts! Well that started a long conversation about why what he did was wrong and what impact it could have, he was very sorry and I doubt he will do it again since he understands that it could hurt the wildlife. Other changes we have made is taking reusable bags to get our grocery shopping. We have seen great changes recently though where plastic bags have actually been banned here, although some shops still use them. Many shops now provide little reusable bags but unfortunately they look like they are made of some synthetic material which isn’t strong so it won’t be long before they also end up in landfill, so I try where possible to use other stronger bags and refuse those bags. I also recently acquired a glass bottle cutter, admittedly I have been a little lax in actually cutting the bottles. My plan is to take our large pile of glass bottles and re purpose them into drinking glasses, flower pots, wind chimes etc. Until I get round to actually doing it though it does look like I run a brewery because one corner of my garden is piled with these bottles!! When we have plastic tubs like peanut butter pots, we always keep them and use them as containers for our food.
I think that sharing the ways in which we make changes is important too, just the other day my cousin posted on Facebook that she had brought these little reusable bags for her fresh produce in the supermarket. What a fab idea, I never would have thought of taking my own reusable produce bags but think about how many bags everyday must be picked up at the supermarket, taken home with produce, emptied then thrown in the bin, what a waste.
It is actually the first year I have heard anything about Earth Day and I couldn’t let it pass by without a post about it because I am quite passionate about making changes and I believe strongly that if all of us made small changes the future for our children and grandchildren will be brighter.
When we move to the UK my plan is to furnish our house using as many second hand and re purposed items as possible, of course I will keep you all up to date on how that goes.
I would love to hear what you do to lessen your impact on the environment, maybe it will be something that I can join you in doing!
Peace and love Claire x