On October 15th, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind. In 2007 the issue is the environment. Every blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. Our aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future.
I grew up with Reduce, Reuse, Recycle always running through my head and I have always tried to use my resources wisely. Teach your children to recycle from an early age, then they won't know anything different. My parents were recycling long before it was so easy, hanging on to the recyclables until the next collection opportunity came around. Today we load up the kids' wagon with the recyclables and take it down to the far end of the complex to the recycle dumpster. Make toys & crafts for and with your kids from items to be recycled- the cardboard cones that thread & yarn come on make fun tunnels for cars/trains or bracelets or blocks.
Reduce the waste you generate by purchasing things with less packaging, buy only what you need, combine trips in the car, and walk whenever possible.
Reuse Make simple cloth napkins for everyday use. With little kids around, we go through lots of napkins, and rather than the fancy ones getting used all the time, I made some very plain ones. You can cut 1 yard of fabric into 20 9" squares. It's a good size for our house, or you could make larger ones if you wanted. I just left the edges unfinished- the first few times through the wash you will have frayed edges to remove, but after that they won't ravel anymore. You could also finish the edges with pinking shears or a simple hem. They also make good handkerchiefs to use instead of tissues. Reuse your grocery bags or make or purchase reusable bags. Check out all the crafty ideas at My Recycled Bags.
When purchasing yarn, why not try to use yarns made from bamboo, soy or other renewable sources? Or if you like alpaca choose Frog Tree Yarns- the yarn is made by a co-op of women in Bolivia and is sold as Fair Trade. Or search and purchase other yarns that have a Fair Trade promise. And buy organic whenever possible. It's better for you and better for the environment.