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Monday, April 22, 2013


Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 7:18 AM
The world is brown...
It's a sad fact that everyday we are turning our environment brown. Let's face it, our world is dying and we're not doing anything about it!

It's a brand new year and it should be a brand new world. In 2013 every person on this vast planet should do their part to "reduce, reuse, and recycle". I know I am!

My "change the world" initiative is to change the world from brown to green with the three r's. No, I don't intend to change the world with reading, writing and 'rithmatic but reduce, reuse and recycle!

I WANT TO LIVE ON A GREEN PLANET....The first step I can take is teaching my family and myself how to reduce. I need to face the fact head on that we are a family of wasters.

REDUCE: Remember every destruction utilized causes erosion.

In order to have a plan to reduce what my family uses and wastes I came up with a simple solution. I had never really thought much about the destruction I was causing to the planet. I didn't realize every negative thing I was doing when I bought certain product packaging.

I had to reduce my family's wastefulness. It was my duty to turn my family into a green family who actually cared about the planet.

I began to utilize new product packaging. Just because a product is packaged in a smaller container doesn't mean I don't get the same results.

I looked for green packaging. Landfills are over capacity and my household was a contributing factor to the problem, not a solution.

Now instead of utilizing destructive purchasing behavior, my family now utilizes environmentally friendly products. We want to keep the Earth green and clean!

REUSE: Remember efficient use saves Earth.

It's hard for me to remember to reuse. It's also something I need to get into the habit of doing on a daily basis. I've got to learn it's efficient to reuse what I already have and it saves Earth.

Instead of paper or plastic I now use a reusable grocery bag. It's not only economical, but it can be used many times and not harm the planet and take up unwanted space in a landfill.

Many products have multiple uses. I hadn't thought about all the plastic jugs I threw away that could serve other purposes. I now use the jugs for bird feeders, plant containers and scooper's.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to reuses something lying around the house. My family now thinks twice before throwing anything away.

I want to be efficient not deficient with the products I buy. Tons of plastic, glass, aluminum and paper sit in landfills because someone like I used to be didn't reuse what they already had.

Earth is only borrowed, I want to make sure it's here tomorrow!

RECYCLE: Remember Earth cannot yield continuous lost energy.

Through reducing and reusing my resources I learned to recycle. Recycling is one of the most important factors in saving Earth. Earth is overloaded with junk. Junk depletes energy.

I don't want myself or my family to be the cause of energy depletion. We created a recycling station. It's a family affair. The family that recycles together saves the planet together.

Our family uses colored coded bins. It's a great system for my grandson to learn about recycling. Recycling not only teaches him values, but how important our planet really is.

To make recycling more interesting I also have special bins I use to make a point about the condition of Earth. I have a brown bin and a green bin.

During the week everything recyclable goes into the brown bin. It overflows by the end of the week. I point out to my grandson this is how Earth is. It becomes so full of garbage and becomes overcrowded.

On recycling day it's his job to sort the glass, plastic, aluminum and paper into the different bins. When he gets through everything is neat and in its place. The brown bin is empty and the green bins are full . He knows green means money, but I taught him it also means when we take all the stuff we collected throughout the week from the brown bin the Earth is happy and now because we chose to recycle the Earth is now a green planet!


The plan to turn the earth green is simple and it starts with you and me. I want to live on a green planet. I want my grandson to continue to live on a green planet.

Save the Earth
that's my motto;
we're about to hit
Stop all the smog;
the drain is getting
Save the Earth
plant a tree;
so we will be
pollution free.
Clean up the mess;
so we can be our
Save the Earth
give it another chance;
it's time to
Protect our resources;
join forces.
Save the Earth
do it today;
don't delay.

Take the first step. Become proactive....
Create a green world!


Michele Clarke on February 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM said...

I am with you. This is why I am making my own cleaning products. So hard to find things at a reasonable price without harsh chemicals.

MikiHope on February 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM said...

Love this!! I reuse everything I can possibly reuse--aluminum foil can be rinsed off with boiling water and re-used--those massive iced tea cups I get in the summer? Well one of them is still in use to make large iced or cold drinks at home--my town does not recycle paper bags (boo) so I always ask for plastic bags and use them as garbage bags (hey we do what we can!)--Every little bit will help to preserve this earth and its resources for generations to come-I applaud your efforts and anyone else who does the 3 R's!!!

Erinn Sluka on February 23, 2013 at 9:40 AM said...

Agree. The reduce seems to be impossible at times. To recycle and become responsible can be possible.

jheylo on February 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM said...

we all do for sure. it's about time to do our part and save our earth. learn to reuse and recycle that's one way of saving earth

Ashley on February 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM said...

Great post - totally agree! Thanks for keeping the health of mother earth top of mind!

Lindsey on February 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM said...

I agree! Great post and I'm trying to do just this... one small step at a time!

stefanie on February 24, 2013 at 12:43 AM said...

Thank you for this! Very educational and a great reminder we all need to do our part.

Tracey @ www.dontmesswithmama.com on February 24, 2013 at 1:38 AM said...

Totally agree! We make our own DIY cleaning products (no more toxic cleaners for us) and recycle/upcycle as much as we can.

Maria Dolores Lopez Godoy on February 24, 2013 at 3:51 PM said...

Wow, your blog is very beautiful and interesting. I know your blog by Harvest of Friends Weekend. Besitos.


Sarah-Louise Bailey on February 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM said...

I try and do as much as I can, it helps me feel at least in some way I am trying to help the world that little bit more. x

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