Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bee Green

A little doodle on the eve of Earth Day...

I've been pondering a bit lately about how I've become more green. It's just stuff that comes to me from time to time.

Like the paper towels here. I'm in a furnished apartment and I've been here 7 weeks. When I arrived there was a roll of paper towels about 2/3 full. I am on the same roll, and there's still a few left. In my old life, I'd have probably gone through several rolls by now. And, here I am, less than a roll in 2 months. When did that change? I think, perhaps, that shift began in Barcelona when I was staying with Mabel. I'm pretty green, but Mabel is G.R.E.E.N.! And I learned alot just living with her. I was there about 6 weeks in total between two visits. And it was there that I got out of the habit of using paper towels, and didn't really pick it up to the same degree since.

Like the plastic bags here. Despite being right in the thick of it in the city, I'm enjoying buying my everday staples from a little corner store here, run by a nice couple. That in itself, I think, is a carry-over from Europe, I really appreciate small shops run by people you can get to know. Anyways, despite always having my fav purple net shopping bag with me when I was out and about in Europe, and, as a result, rarely used a plastic bag, I haven't been as vigilent since I've been back in Canada. I just haven't been carrying it. Not sure why. But it's come to be that I often stop at their store on my way home without my handy dandy shopping bag with me. So, I get plastic. What made me think about how green I am becoming is that this morning I collected up all those bags and put them aside to take back to the store. I was out later, with my purple shopping bag, stocking up... and I asked if they would like them back. By all means! So, I'll drop them off tomorrow. That is more natural to me than throwing them out. And I think I need to find another little reusable shopping bag that rolls up tinier to fit into my purse, so I always have it with me.

There's more, but those are the things that jump to mind.

I do feel better that I use up less of this planet now than I used to.

But I want to "bee" more green... so hope to get new ideas and motivation on Earth Day tomorrow.

1 comment:

Karin said...

Love your Earth Day doodle!
BTW-Capers/Whole Foods carries shopping bags that fit into tiny little pouches-I have seen lots of people pop those out of their pockets in the store. Also, try to keep one good plastic bag with you as well for those times when you need to separate food from cleaning supplies or glass jars from each other.