Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I like to think that I’m environmentally responsible.

I recycle (almost always).

I compost (almost always).

I don’t litter (pretty much ever).

I think hemp is a shamefully under used resource, that I won’t preach about at this time, but I will tell you that it requires few pesticides and no herbicides, can be used for paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, fuel, and medical purposes, can grow up to 25 tonnes of dry matter per hectare per year* (how many trees would we save?) and when used for fuel it has a closed cycle (the amount of pollution it produces when its burned, is the same amount of pollution it cleans when it is grown). SERIOUSLY HOW ARE WE NOT USING THIS MORE? Minor vent, you can’t blame me, my last post was about how I consistently veer off on tangents, so you’ve already been forewarned.

Anyhow, yes, I like to think that I’m environmentally responsible. I think it’s important, but today when I got to work I noticed THIS on my desk and kicked myself, (well not actually “kicked” myself, a) because that would look totally awkward to anyone walking by and b) I bruise REALLY easy and it’s almost bathing suit season *fingers crossed*)…

I’m so disappointed in myself. I know I should use a reusable water bottle, but the BF’s mom (whose basement we inhabit) lovingly packs my lunch every morning (I know, right? How awesome is that!?) and gives me water bottles. The BF and I have suggested getting a water cooler instead of bottles, but it’s not our house so we’ve dropped it. BUT when I see all of the bottles pile up on my desk I get sad thinking of the waste…ohhhh the humanity!

Why don’t I buy my own reusable bottle and use that instead you ask? Well smart asses, I did, it’s just currently being used for a different purpose…and now I’ll probably never use it again, because I’m neurotic and will forever think I’m going to be poisoned by the flower food added to the water, no matter how many times I disinfect it…

I will find a recycling bin for these bottles and try better in the future to use a reusable bottle. Maybe I’ll get a new one tonight…


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