Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Trashy Eye Opener
This year was a bit of an eye opener though. I'm not talking about having a 4 year old around either, we'll be there before we know it. I'm taking about waste. Over the last couple of years I've slowly been making changes in our household so as to reduce waste, waste of all kinds. These changes have turned into habits for us and we don't even think twice about it. That is, until this past week.
The monthly challenge on Reduce Footprints was to reduce the electricity usage this month. Perhaps that is why I was very aware every time lights were left on and devices plugged in. I noticed that a laptop was plugged in and charging almost the entire time. Yikes! I only plug mine in when I need to charge the battery, which isn't daily or even every other day. We also left the router and modem on the entire week. Ok, most people do this. We don't. We're in the habit of turning the router off when we aren't using wireless and unplugging both at night and not plugging them in until they are needed again. I also noticed lights being left on and the tv being left on when nobody was around to use them. I think these are ones that really bothered me. Why leave a light on if you aren't in the room?
There was also one incident at dinner. Husband and I were getting containers together for his parents to take leftovers home and his Mom kept telling us to put it in a ziplock bag. I ignored this as much as I could but she didn't let up so finally I commented that using ziplock bags would be wasteful. I prefer to just give them containers they can then return to us at a later time.
This was really an eye-opener for me. The things Husband and I do to be more eco-friendly and to keep waste at a minimum have become habits for us. I still slowly add in more things as I come across them and I think adding things in slowly has helped us become as eco-friendly as we are. None of what we do seems out of the ordinary or like it causes us too much work etc. It's all so natural for us. It also showed me just how different our household is from others. I would imagine the things I noticed are normal for a lot of households. That's really scary.
I don't want this to seem like I'm complaining about having house guests either. I will readily offer our house for their next stay in STL. I just find this very fascinating. It almost feels like my own person science experiment. Now...to somehow get them to slowly change their ways..that's the challenge.