Areas in which I want to see our culture improve in being better stewards of creation:
- Turning off porch/outdoor lights in the middle of the day; actually, it drives me nuts anytime a light is left on in an empty room (other than being gone for just a few minutes).
- Wasting less water--when brushing teeth, washing dishes, or taking unnecessarily long showers. (I worked at a camp for several summers and quick showers--less than 5 minutes--are my routine).
- Not throwing food away. Since we frequently eat at the campus cafeteria, I am often appalled by the heaping trays that enter the dishroom. I try to only take what I can eat, and to eat whatever's on my plate.
- More effort in recycling. When I see aluminum cans or plastic soda bottles in trash cans (or worse, in the street), I cringe. I have been known to bring them home for recycling. It's difficult for me to understand apathy towards this valuable process.
Areas in which I personally want to improve in being a better steward of creation:
- Re-using paper. I like the crisp look of blank white paper, and admit I do not like to print recipes or even rough copies on used pages.
- Reducing disposables. We do a fair amount of hosting/entertaining, and it's often easier to use paper plates and napkins. I want to make a more concerted effort to lessen our consumption of these items.
- Adding layers (blanket, a sweater) as a first step before turning up the heat. I don't like being cold, but even a degree can make a difference in the savings of energy (and money)!
- Buying more staples in bulk (frequently used items that have a long shelf life). I recently purchased huge bags of rice, flour and sugar. Because we have ample storage space, this works for us. It's nice to know these items won't be on my list anytime soon, and that it's a small way to reduce all that packaging!
I have so far to go in this area, and desire this post to be a challenge (to myself as well as others), not a rant/complaining session. I would love to hear what some of your green wishes and goals are--please share!