Last week, I noticed these in the church hosting our work conference.
I was all high fives and chest bumps.
I may or may not be over the moon about taking care of the planet. It all started on a trip to San Francisco in 2009 when I fell for all things hilly and redwoody. Plus, there were recycling bins everywhere. And no plastic bags. Not a one. I was fascinated.
When I returned home, I started to make small changes that didn't get all up in my face, but seem to be making a difference.
- Reusable bags for shopping. Cashiers are getting less angsty about this and mine are a sassy fashion statement.
- Thermostat on 77 in the summer. It's 198% humidity in Alabama, but I survive. Although I might survive sans pants.
- Reusable aluminum water bottles. Not really a money savings because I tend to leave them on top of my car and then speed off.
- Reusing bath towels. I'm generally clean by the time I get to the dry off part anyway.
- 5-Minute showers. I'm a shaving, conditioning ninja.
- No pre-washing dishes before the dishwasher. I own the Kenmore, it does not own me.
- As bulbs died, I switched to compact fluorescent bulbs. My Dad has only had to drive 40 minutes round-trip with his shiny ladder once in 3 years to change my flood lights.
- Cold water for all clothes-washing. I'm not a Chilean miner, so we're not talking major stain removal.
- Stopped all paper bill statements. I also went check free by paying all debtors online and no longer attending Mary Kay parties.
- Rechargeable batteries. My camera flash and 30-second FWD button for the DVR get quite a workout.
- Old school matches instead of those snazzy reach-into-the-candle-jar-lighters-that-never-leave-the-landfill.
- Homemade household cleaners despite my long-term love affair with Lysol wipes.
- Buy a dainty Schwinn Cruiser to ride to church which is less than 1/2 mile away. However, I may need to continue to pray about that.
Why is that?
Is it Al Gore? Did he invent the Internet and then ruin the concept of stewardship?
I believe any stuff I have is actually on loan from God so I need to value it like I value Him. That definitely includes the plot of the planet I occupy.
So how do you try and "love on" the planet? Or am I in left field about all this green business?