We try to live an earth friendly life year round.
Little things that don’t seem like huge inconveniences to us, but that I know make a difference in the grand scheme of things.
We are sort of a big deal when it comes to recycling and I take pride in the fact that each week, we have more items going with the recycling truck than we do with the garbage truck.
When I was younger, “going green” wasn’t trendy or cool. I remember hearing the term one day before I left home but after I was old enough to realize that I loved blowing the air conditioner with the windows down while driving in the Southern Californian sun, and I remember thinking, I’m not “going green”. It sounds hard. And lame. And hard.
I don’t want a big rotting trash heap in my yard. I don’t like the way the recycled notebook paper feels all soft. And I hate how the recycled toilet paper feels all hard; I’d rather wipe my tail with that lame notebook paper!
It seemed like this big thing that was going to maybe prolong the already dying Earth, but royally ruin my quality of life.
I was, gasp, wrong.
And, I’m happy that The Dudes don’t even see the things we do now to conserve and reuse as special behaviors. To them it’s just second nature.
Just yesterday, #3 dug a Ziploc bag out of his toy box and, in his best duh-Mom-do-you-even-know-anything voice said,”Hey, Mom. Don’t ya know we can reuse plastic bags. Is called recycling.”
Recycling, and using those funny shaped light bulbs from Ikea, and not running the water while they brush, and not using plastic bottles, and not littering (do you remember how littering was like okay in the 80s?!) is just a way of life.
A way of life that will hopefully make a difference in what kind of a planet we leave behind for the next generation.
One special thing we like to do every year is celebrate Earth Day.
I know, I know EVERY day is Earth Day.
Totally. For sure.
We like to celebrate it as a sort of birthday party for the Earth though. Maybe just because we love a good partay, or maybe it’s because we like to take that one special day to focus on the Earth in a way that we don’t necessarily do on other days. I think it allows The Dudes to see that the Earth is special and should be celebrated in the same way you and I should be celebrated; with at least one special day that no one treats it like crap to focus on why we’re grateful for it.
This year, wondering through a local shop, I spied these awesome little things:
They are called Seed Bombs and they were designed by someone who lives right here in my hometown (but you can buy them from his online shop, Lucy and Amelia). They are an awesome way to pretty up urban areas because they are perfectly created to grow; just toss them into any open area and they boom! They grow! All they require is sunlight and water to make magic.
So we bought the ingredients to make some of our own.
Serious messy fun for The Dudes…
Serious easy way to bring some pretty to the Earth.
We made a bunch of them from our mix, and we threw them into this area on the side of our house that looks like it’s been a trash burning site for the past 20 years (side note: we do NOT burn our trash). It desperately needed some TLC.
It’s great because the seeds in our bombs are Black Eyed Susans (the MD state flower) so they are a perfect match for our ecosystem.
I also came across this little terrarium that they make on my shopping trip and I thought it would be a perfect way to get some more flowers INSIDE of the house as well…
So, I bought it too. Natch.
And then, I decided to make one of my own!
A little paint, on an empty metal can, topped with an empty jelly jar (I scrubbed the label off before we planted, promise) and voila!
Earth Day awesome even if they aren’t quite as adorable as the original version!
They are already growing and looking al Eco-Gangsta, just like me.
What do you do to keep the Earth healthy, happy, and looking fly?
Okay, I won’t judge you out loud as long as you go ahead and link up your Wordful Wednesday posts for the week!
Here are my faves from last week…
- Cutest freakin’ baby photos. EVER. At T.E. + Baby.
- Fun-totally-making-me-jealous vacation shots from The Paper Mama.
- Loving these splash shots at Love Bug blog reminding me that I can’t wait until it’s finally warm enough to do some splashing around here.
- An awesome post about some life saving heroes at Ramblings from Utopia.