Let’s Talk with Smash and Kt – Are You Green?

Posted December 7, 2012 in Meme / 8 Comments

Let's Talk with Smash and Kt

“Let’s Talk with Smash and Kt” is a weekly discussion meme that happens every Friday.  Having been started by Melissa at I Swim for oceans, it’s been passed on to Smash from Smash Attack Reads and Kt at A Book Obsession.  Every week there’s a different discussion question that’s been posted weeks in advance HERE.  To participate, write, hook up, visit and discuss!!!

This week’s question: “Do you use ‘green’ products? Do you recycle?

Please share your thoughts and resources on helping our planet live for future generations. (Thank you, Mary!)”

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Wow, the one week I can finally participate and all I have is shame, shame, shame… with some self loathing.  But lots of shame.  Because my house is not green in any way, shape, or form.

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The extent of my recycling.

[/frame]I live in Michigan, one hour north of Detroit.  I’m kind of in the boonies.  I live in a state that likes it’s fossil fuels.  They don’t have recycling here that comes along and picks it up with your garbage.  You have to load it up in your car and drive it to the middle school on Saturday morning between 8 and noon.

I also don’t have room anywhere between my kitchen, laundry room, and garage where I would put recycling bins.  We have a 2 car garage that currently holding 2 cars, a motorcycle, 2 bikes, a small kids ride-on, a generator, lawn mower, snowblower…

I wish I could say I use earth-friendly cleaning products, but I don’t.  I’ve got 409, Scrubbing Bubbles, and Soft Scrub with Bleach sitting in my closet.  But at least I make sure my son isn’t around when I clean.

So, lesson here?  I should start setting a better example for my six-year-old and start separating my cans from my glass bottles.  And drag my butt up to the middle school on Saturdays…

Are you green?

Kristin

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Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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8 responses to “Let’s Talk with Smash and Kt – Are You Green?

  1. Oh Lisa, you have no idea. Two adults? Not that much. Factor in a child? Power Up 20 levels. When my kiddo was off at school I barely filled two bags in two weeks. Now that he’s home again, it’s 4 or 5 bags a week. He’s a trash machine. lol

    I can relate though, Kristen. We never had a recycling program here until recently so it all went in the trash. Now we HAVE to – we have separate trash containers from the waste management company that collects our garbage and they fine us if they find us mixing trash. So with not a lot of wiggle room, I have all of my different trash bins lined up in my garage. Regular trash stays in the kitchen container until it’s full, other stuff gets taken outside right away.

    Don’t get me started on cleaning stuff though. I can’t do without my bleach and harsh chemicals. 😀
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  2. Well, I happen to live in a very green stateL: Oregon. We have to recycle everything hear and now even compost all of our food scraps. It was a pain at first but now it is a habit. So I am doing my part… but I can thank the Oregon lawmakers for that. Our recycle bin is always over flowing every week it is amazing how much you can and do recycle.
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  3. Hmm, I’m thinking your look has changed since the last time I was here. I like the snowflakes. If I’m wrong, sorry, I’m fairly new to your blog as you know.

    Anyway, we recycle in my small little town. We have one trashcan for regular trash and the same sized trashcan for recyclables. We don’t have to separate the recyclables just put everything in there.
    They only recycle twice a month I think. (That’s my son’s job) The food bank collects the plastic bags from the grocery store to hand out cans of food. The elementary and middle schools collect cans, but I’m usually to lazy to take them and just recycle them in our trash. My mom collects prescription and soda and water bottle caps. (Someone uses them to fund cancer research somewhere). And we have a lot of prescriptions.
    As far as cleaning goes, I still use the old harsh chemicals. But on my body, I make a sugar scrub using sugar and olive oil with peppermint extract. I saw on Dr. Oz how to give shine back to your hair, 1 part baking soda to two parts shampoo and do it once a month. It really worked and did not strip the color from my hair. So I’m always trying home remedies and make it yourself things for myself.

    I used to have a compost bin but our renters got rid of it, and I’m still pissed about that! I’d have great compost by now. But that’s what happens when you can’t keep an eye on your house.

    Heather
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