I would like to start off by saying that I have a nine month old son, Oliver, that I love more than anything on this earth. I would do anything for him and started out with something small by recycling when I was pregnant. I remember telling his father let's start changing our habits now so when Oliver gets here we can teach him good habits on recycling.
Over the last nine months I have become so aware of the waste that we as Americans have in our daily lives. Just in our house alone, a house of three, we have more in our recycling bin than in our regular trash can. I noticed that our recycling was only picked up once every 2 weeks and it would be so full we couldn't place anymore recycling in it and would have to use the regular trash for our recycles. I couldn't stand it so I wrote the city a letter. Now our recycling gets picked up one a week and I NEVER throw anything in the trash that I shouldn't. (I would like to think it was my letter that made a difference).
Then I started noticing how every light was on in our house and started keeping them turned off. Our house was almost cold in the summer and always a little warm in the winter. My husband and I have made a conscience effort to keep the thermostat turned down a notch, we now wear warmer clothes or keep the fabrics lighter in the summer and keep it a little warm inside.
We bought energy star appliances when it was time to redo our kitchen. We have replaced all our our light bulbs with compact florescent bulbs, we always unplug our appliances when not in use and keep our electronics off and unplugged when they are not being used.
I do realize these are small efforts that everyone should be doing but people are not doing this. But, we all need to do our small part, a little bit of effort is contagious we all should wnat to help the environment in every way possible. We should all help to better the future of all the children. Children will follow by example and shouldn't we all be a good example. if we teach them healthy habits while they are young they will know of no other way than to keep the practice alive and their futures bright!
I saw an article in on of Dallas' magazines I think it was "The Advocate" about how their recycling program had lost millions of dollars last year. It is because they are provideing a service and people are too unaware to actually use it. The city collects the recycling and then sells it to companies that use it as a recycled good. If people are not placing thier recyclables in the proper containers than the city loses out and so do we as a community. There are some states that charge to recycle and there are others that REQUIRE you to recycle. Dallas does this basically for free...they should not have to make it a law to recycle we should just take it upon ourselves to do it!!