A Pinch of Sage

Environment

Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle

We’ve all heard this and seen this, but do you ever stop and think about what it really means?  Does it play an integral part in your daily lifestyle?  What about in your community?

There are different levels of contribution to helping the environment and I truly believe that even the smallest thing you do can help.  Even if that small thing is all you do, you are helping.  How?  Because if you can make a habit of doing that one small thing then you are likely to move that habit into doing something else that’s green.  We are leaders by what we do, so if others are watching, perhaps they’ll do that small thing too.  And sometimes the small things can add up big.

I love Mother Earth and want to do what I can to help keep her healthy.  If she’s healthy, we’re healthy.  Just think if the rivers and lakes weren’t polluted you could dive in on a hot day and not fear getting sick.  Not to mention the water we drink comes from Mother Earth, and we need water to survive.

Admittedly, I’m not 100% green. I do my best and I can’t beat myself up when I miss something or let the water run too long when I’m washing dishes.  Our culture, lifestyle, habits, society can get in the way sometimes, but the fun part is the challenge to not let it get in the way.

I don’t know when I became aware of the importance of recycling.  In high school I turned our downstairs closet into a storage area for cans and papers to take to the recycling center – now curbside pick-up in those days.  When I moved out on my own, I realized I could reduce waste by reusing plastic zip-loc bags and on top of that I save money.  I can’t remember the last time I needed to buy any.

Nothing should be made for one-time use or to be disposable.  If we can think about this when we make purchases or when we want to create/develop a new product, then it will leave consumers with better products and Mother Earth cleaner.

As for our community, if we Reduce/Reuse/Recycle, we have cleaner, safer and healthier neighborhoods.  Who doesn’t want that?  So go out and be a leader by example and show your community how to live green and take care of the environment.