Monday, July 16, 2007Kel's blog post about being green and trying to make the planet a better place to live in and to preserve what we have without being wasteful, I decided to join Green Week on Flickr.
Each day this week, in accordance with the "topic of the day", I will be posting something "green" that our family does with hopes to inspire you and give you new ideas to try yourself.
Today's topic is Using Less Paper.
Our family does recycle as much as we can even though we don't have pickup where we are. We take a weekly trip down to the town recycling center with our glass, plastics, paper and cardboard. But that's not quite enough for me. Yes, we recycle, but it's also my goal to recycle less because I am USING less. Take for instance a Starbucks paper cup. I meet up with my local SnB knitters each Thursday night at Starbucks. That is 4 paper cups a month and 4 sleeves a month of waste right? Well my hubby and I also frequent Starbucks during the week. Say once a week...another 2 cups (1 paper..mine, 1 plastic, his) and 1 more sleeve A WEEK. That total could be about 8 paper cups and 4 plastic cups and 8 sleeves A MONTH. Imagine that waste? I've started using a reusable sleeve made custom for me here whenever I'm at Starbucks. I figure this way I save 8 sleeves a month. I've also started using regular mugs at Starbucks when I am going to be staying there instead of going thru the drive thru. Most locations do have large mugs or cups to use...you just have to ask. So how about trying that? Order a CUSTOM $6.15 reusable sleeve (that you will get LOTS of compliments on!...oh and they make super gifts...pair one with a Starbucks gift card for a birthday or Christmas gift) and using a regular mug when staying to chat at your local coffee joint. The earth will thank you for it.
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