A paler shade of green…

I have a confession to make…I’m not very “green” (except maybe on St. Patty’s Day).  I guess I’m what you’d call light green.  We recycle, but only our newspapers.  We use the compact fluorescent lightbulbs, but not in all of our lamps.   We try to turn off lights in rooms that we’re not using, but sometimes we forget.  You get the picture.

Anyway, I watched part of Oprah the other day (it was a re-run) and her show was about simple things you can do to help the environment.  I thought there were a couple of things that I just might be able to do!   One easy suggestion (and I’m all about easy) is  to use just 1 less napkin per day.  I can do that!  Another was to forgo getting your ATM receipts.  I can do that too…as long as I remember to put the withdrawal in the checkbook!  They talked about a “Smart” Power Strip that you plug your electronic devices into and it conserves energy and saves you $ (it’s available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, so use your coupon)…I think I can do that too!

I was in Target the other day (I love Target) and noticed they were carrying a new product line called “Care Mail” that was made from recycled materials.  It included items such as packing tape, mailing envelopes, and the like.  I thought it was a great idea and I would definitely buy them if I needed to mail anything! 

Now I’m not going to get all fanatical about this.  I’m not going to rush out and watch “An Inconvenient Truth” or start quoting Matt Damon or anything like that.   Still, I think that there are some relatively painless things that I can do to now to help the earth later!   Maybe Kermit meant to sing “It’s easy being Green”…


12 Responses to “A paler shade of green…”

  1. Dawn (boston) Says:

    this is great!!!! I love kermit!! (although ms piggy is my favorite)…i too am trying to be more responsible regarding the environment……

  2. Lindsan Says:

    I think you should watch “An Unconvenient Truth”. It’s a great film. I think it would open a lot of people’s eyes about what part we all play in this world of ours.

    I think it’s great that you are thinking about these things and trying to find things that you can improve. I wish everyone would do that.

  3. Ljonezy Says:

    Hey – If we just do a little it’s a whole lot better then not doing anything at all. Love Kermie.

  4. Donna S Says:

    Thank you thank you for doing your part… if everyone does some it makes a huge impact! I am rather green myself – hybrid car, big on recycling, etc., what do you expect – I’m from California!

  5. Janie Says:

    Dawn — too funny (about our blog banners)! You know, until now, I have always created my own “from scratch,” but with all the things I have going on right now, I just wanted to do something quick and I love Rhonna’s designs! (I try to change my banner every month, just to freshen up my blog a bit.) Good to see that I have good taste! 😉

    Thanks for commenting on my blog … it’s always fun to get comments! See ya on the JS board — hugs!

  6. Laurie Says:

    I am not very green either. I have a whole scrapbook room of papers to prove it. Maybe I will try the one less napkin a day.

  7. SusanD Says:

    I am stopping by to visit to let you know that you’ve been tagged! Go to my blog post called I’ve been tagged for the details on what to do.

    Have fun! :o)

  8. LivE Says:

    Dawn! Digital scrapbooking is GREEN. So when you do digi designs, you’re saving papers! Isn’t that a great way to look at it? 😀

  9. Boston Dawn Says:

    You have been tagged…check my blog to understand..

  10. Anonymous Says:

    I love your facts! Thanks for sharing these details! But I also loved Inconvenient Truth! I have the book AND my own copy of the DVD, one given to me by my daughter, the other by my son. They’ve been hearing my lectures for years, which they didn’t appreciate till recently. Oh, but one receipt you should always get is the receipt at the gas station. Or you could be tracked for 2 HOURS in Missouri while moving your son to college, made to drive 2 hours back to a gas station that claimed you didn’t pay for your $12 of gas (which you did), and still challenged by the gas station owner even though you have your credit card company on the phone verifying the payment. But I digress. . . .

  11. Angela Says:

    oops, that was me above, not Anon. Sorry.

  12. Kari Holt Says:

    I need to be better, too! We talk about switching out our lightbulbs but maybe the napkin (or paper towel) a day would be easier for now 🙂

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