Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stop For A Moment And Think Green

There is so much that each of us can do to save our planet and make this world a better place for each and every one of us. All it takes is to stop for a moment and Think Green.


Recycle Green Languages Text Poster

Before you toss that garbage into the trash, stop for a moment and think green. Could that useless piece of garbage be turned into a priceless treasure? Our Sesame Street friends at Oscar's Junk Band have a lot of fun creating music from items others have thrown in the trash. Stop for a few minutes and listen to their tune. What Bob thinks is a broken broom handle, Oscar turns into a rotten, terrible, junky song. It's all about recycling and recycling is good!



Oscar isn't the only one that thinks creatively. In Paraguay, kids living next to a garbage dump are Making Musical Instruments from Trash. They triumph over the tragedy of poverty by finding the good buried beneath the waste.

Turning trash into treasure isn't the only way to protect our fragile environment and protect Mother Earth. It's easy to reduce our impact on the environment with these 8 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint. It's as simple as using cold water to wash clothes, turning down the temperature on the heater, and turning off the lights when no one is in a room.

   Fragile Earth Conservation Educational Chart Poster

Next time you're about to throw something in the trash, stop for a moment and Think Green. Could that piece of garbage be put in the recycle bin instead? Could that old CD be turned into a crafting project? Is that old sweater in good enough shape to donate to a thrift store? Think green and turn an old broom handle into a musical instrument. Oscar did!

Please help save our Mother Earth. She's fragile and she needs our help.

Until next time, Think Green!

Coletta

16 comments:

  1. We try to live green all the time!

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    1. Heather, Every effort helps. Thanks for being on the Green team!

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  2. The things that people do with recycled stuff is always inspiring.

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    1. Hi Susan! Yes, people come up with some of the coolest ideas. I love it!

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  3. There are so many little things we can indeed do to reduce waste. For me, the plastic water bottles and straws were my biggest change, I no longer use either.

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    1. I love your glass straws, Ruthi! Those are so much fun!

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  4. we try to live green as well - and of course, our town helps us along with garbage pickup every two weeks and recycle pickup every 1 week. Love to try to pass along what we can as well. Great message here!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! Using your municipal waste and recycling service is a big contribution.

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  5. Excellent reminder for all of us. I try to put everything in the recycle bin that can go there but occasionally that trash bin is closer and easier and or perhaps I don't want to take the time to wash out a can...this is an excellent reminder for me to resist the temptation to take the easy way out.

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    1. Hi Mary Beth! Yes, sometimes it is easier to just toss something in the nearest bin. We started keeping a recycle bin next to the garbage pail and that helps.

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  6. What a fabulous encourager and inspiration you are to us Coletta! I think of you every time I put something in my recycle bin now. I have always looked at my salvageable trash as a craft opportunity, but you have a much keener eye for turning trash in to treasure and I appreciate that very much.

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia. You are so kind. When there isn't a lot of money, there is always creativity and some piece of junk.

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  7. I really like that our community has expanded their recycling program. It is so much easier now to add all the recyclables to one bin that gets picked up weekly now. We also re-use items too.

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    1. Hi Cheryl! Our little community isn't really good at curbside recycling, but it slowly gets better. Having one bin must make it easier.

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  8. Some communities are better than others about offering a recycling program, so it's up to us to do our part, even when it means taking our saved recyclable items ourselves to a designated area. When I lived up in the mountains in western South Carolina, there was no trash pickup, but there was a 'free' well-organized dump area run by the county with compacting bins for garbage that was ground up small and separate bins for glass, plastic, paper, etc. All had to be separated, but it was worth it.

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    1. Hi Elf! Along with curbside recycling, many local grocery stores have recycle bins for plastic bags and egg cartons. Where there's a will to recycle, there is a way!

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