Apr 22 2008

Celebrating Earth Day

Growing up, Earth day was just another day. Teachers usually lectured not to waste water and recycle cans. It was never really stressed and seemed very, well, unimportant. This year it’s been huge. It’s been Earth day all month long!

Earth Day 2008

On The Earth Day Bandwagon

It seems tons of big companies have jumped on the Earth day (month) bandwagon and have tried to go green. Walmart, Vons/Safeway, and Kroger have all ran promotions and given out free reusable bags.

This year hasn’t focused on saving water or recycling, it’s been more of being eco-friendly all together. A huge focus has been to use less plastic bags. Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to degrade. I’ve just learned about this so there has to be many people who don’t know that. On my grocery shopping trip yesterday we got nearly 20 plastic bags. The sad thing was that they didn’t even fill up my reusable bag, I didn’t notice until I was at the car.

The other focus has been to reduce usage of plastic water bottles. I have tried to do my part and purchased a reusable bottle. I’m actually drinking out of it as I write this post! In this house we can usually go through a case of water in a week or two. That is way too much.

Earth day may just be another day, but it can make a difference. How have you gone green this month?

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  1. Forest Parks said:

    I tend to carry a back pack around and always try to utilize that.

    If not I carry as much as I can in my hands and pockets. I reckon I have saved a couple of hundred bags in the a last few years.

    A brit comedian called Lee Evans said something along the lines of:

    Why does every kitchen have a drawer full of plastic bags?”

    People have been collecting them to re-use for years but you hardly every remember to take them out with you!

    April 22nd, 2008 at 4:06 pm
  2. wetenge loro tenan said:

    yesterday, some people give us trees. oh, i did forget if yesterday was earth day.

    April 22nd, 2008 at 10:12 pm
  3. Big Cajun Man said:

    I’ll do you one better, I gave myself an Earth Day Report Card since I figured I wanted to see just how Green I was.

    I am actually mostly Brown.

    –C8j

    April 23rd, 2008 at 8:52 am
  4. Jay said:

    Eh, everyone’s procrastinates… but I’m not celebrating it too much, but I will try to cut down on a few things to help the earth out. I mean, I probably only have like 5-10 more years left here lol

    Jay

    April 23rd, 2008 at 11:25 am

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