Tomorrow, November 15, is America Recycles Day!
Did you know…
If every household reused a paper grocery bag for one shopping trip, about 60,000 trees would be saved.
Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.
By recycling one aluminum can, enough energy is saved to run a TV set for three hours.
Americans throw out enough iron and steel to supply all the nationals automakers on a continuous basis.
If every American household recycled just one out of every ten plastic bottles they used we’d keep 200 million pounds of plastic out of landfills every year.
What items can be recycled?
Newspapers Aluminum cans Lead Acid Batteries Cardboard Steel cans Writing/Copy Paper Yard Waste Mixed Household Paper Building Materials Tires Magazines Plastic Bottles Appliances Glass Bottles/Jars Waste Oil
Click here for some top ten reason of why you should recycle!
My son’s elementary school is asking all of the children to save their households paper, newspaper, junk mail, and catalogs for one month. This will be such an eye opener for these families to see in the end how much trash accumulated in just one month under just one category of recycling!!! Can you feel the excitement!!!! I LOVE this idea!!!
But why not expand on this idea! 🙂 Take all of your kitchen scaps, garden and yardwaste and begin composting! Every spring how many pounds of potting soil and mulch is bought? Why buy it when you can make your own!!! 🙂 It can be quite simple or you can make it as elaborate as you would like! We have a turning composter, but when we move to our land I plan to build a three bin compost to help contain the piles and for aesthetic purposes!
To close I’d like to add an amazing excerpt that really sums up my thoughts and beliefs…
One day during lunch, Rolling Thunder explained the Indian’s view of chaos through ecological imbalance.
“When you have pollution in one place, it spreads all over. It spreads just as arthritis or cancer spreads in the body. The earth is sick now because the earth is being mistreated, and some of the problems that may occur, some of the natural disasters that might happen in the near future are only the natural readjustments that have to take place to throw off sickness. A lot of things are on this land that don’t belong here. They’re foreign objects like viruses or germs. Now, we may not recognize the fact when it happens, but a lot of the things that are going to happen in the future will really be the earth’s attempt to throw off some of these sicknesses. This is really going to be like fever or like vomiting, what you might call a physiological adjustment.
“It’s very important for people to realize this. The earth is a living organism, the body of a higher individual who has a will and wants to be well, who is at times less healthy or more healthy, physically and mentally. People should treat their own bodies with respect. It’s the same thing with the earth. Too many people don’t know that when they harm the earth they harm themselves, nor do the realize that when they harm themselves they harm the earth…
“It’s not very easy for you people to understand these things because understanding is not knowing the kind of facts that your books and teachers talk about. I can tell you that understanding begins with love and respect. It begins with respect for the Great Spirit, and the Great Spirit is the life that is in all things — all the creatures and the plants and even the rocks and the minerals. All things — and I mean all things — have their own will and their own way, their own purpose; this is what is to be respected.
“Such respect is not a feeling or an attitude only. It’s a way of life. Such respect means that we never stop realizing and never neglect to carry out our obligation to ourselves and our environment.”
We are all caretakers of this Earth, the home we are borrowing from our children….