Sunday, April 11, 2010

One step at a time

                                                  T-shirt by Muncheys

April is the month that we as citizens of this planet , stop and think about what we are doing - to our planet. We should be thinking about it everyday of every month . So, this month, in our household, we are taking a few small steps to ensure we do our part .

I don't know about you, but we are guilty of going overdrive when we go grocery shopping. We usually end up buying more fresh produce than we actually consume in a week  . That results in some of the produce not being consumed and ultimately not good enough to eat - and eventually ends up in the garbage. Our conscious effort , recently, was to buy less than what we needed . So, somewhere in the middle of the week, I go again to the grocery to pick up more fresh produce for the rest of the week. We figured this way , we will buy only what we need and eat all that we buy. Also, we minimize waste along the way..its working better this way. It does involve driving to the grocery store .So, we try to a combine couple of errands , thereby utilizing fuel for more than one task.

I have taken up an eco- challenge for myself and it is proving to be really difficult to keep up to ! (Check out scoutie girl's  blog post on April Stash Bust .) No art supplies this month ! I need a printer cartridge, but I am trying to hold off until the end of the month .My son and I always use recycled paper for coloring and other fun activities. Paper airplanes and paper boats rule ! He is learning to recycle paper and not dump it in the garbage bin.

What are you doing to help save our planet ? Share your thoughts and ideas, lets learn from each other !
After all , everyday is a learning process for all of us . We try to instil values in our children . So , when we teach our children the difference between garbage and recyclable material, we are ensuring we are preparing the future citizens of our planet for tomorrow. There is a Kenyan proverb ... Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. 

Kid's one piece by circles and squares

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree that excessive grocery shopping leads to lot of wastage. You could also try to planning a 'menu' for the entire week and shop keeping that in mind. This has helped me.