I had prepared another post when it dawned on me (duh!) that Sunday would be Earth Day. I always try to do something memorable to celebrate it, or at least be mindful of our planet on that day. I'm sure that you all have wonderful suggestions that would never occur to me, so please share.
I'm a fanatic recycler. I fill my bright red recycle bin with my newspaper and other paper discards. I also go around stomping on aluminum and plastic to maximize the space. I don't use as much glass as some, so I don't often have glass in my recycle pile. I do re-use or re-purpose some throw away items in my own unique way <snicker> For instance, I reuse those cute little bottles of Starbucks Frappachino that come in the 4-packs. I have a row of them on my kitchen window ledge filled with cuttings that I'm rooting. And every day, I use a plastic grocery bag to gift wrap my small amount of actual trash to throw out. It just hangs on the pantry door and I use the same bag to scoop the cat litter, then tie the handles up and trot it out to the actual trash can. At this rate it takes me at least two to three weeks to have enough actual trash in the actual trash can to make it worthwhile to roll it to the actual curb. But the recycle bin is always full to overflowing and sitting on the curb every week.
My daughter has some unique ways of recycling. She uses the 40 pound plastic cat litter buckets for plants. Her handsome hubby drills holes in the bottom and she fills them with potting soil and plants. Her home in the sandy soil of the Piney Woods doesn't nourish much else than the tall pine and oak trees on their property, so the hubby built her lots of raised beds in which she grows all manner of fruits and veggies and flowers. I rinsed out a couple of the huge cat litter jugs with lids and stored water in them in case of emergency. We do get the occasional hurricane and although I have another store of drinkable water, this might be just the thing for washing up. My daughter uses the big glass pasta sauce jars to make scented candles. And she asks me to save my dryer lint for her. They love to go on camping trips and use dryer lint to start their campfire. It's lightweight and portable.
Most of all, on Earth Day, I visit a nursery and buy a few plants. Getting my hands in the dirt is the best way to celebrate the day. So Happy Earth Day. How do you plan to spend the day?