Okay I recycled.... much to Garren's dismay.
Besides Garren loathing of all things "hippie," we never did our part to save the Earth because of (sadly) convenience.
1. Keeping up with used cans, bottles, paper, etc is a hassle. I have a million jobs to do around here everyday, and I didn't want another one.
2. There is not enough space for storing all of those things. Recycling day comes but once a week just like trash day and it is gross enough to store trash in this house for a week, and adding recycling--yuck!
3. It's gross! It is just something else for Thomas to get in to or Gracie to knock over. Thomas already got into the pile several times this week and I had to clean up drops of soft drink off the floor.
Okay, that's pretty sad, but you have to admit--that's probably why you don't recycle either.
Well, with three of us* now drinking out of cans, I noticed how huge the pile was getting in the trash can and decided to do a little "experiment."
I asked the guys to put their cans in a box I left downstairs. Of course I had to go back and pull cans back out of the trash because Garren didn't want to participate. But, I as the days went on I was aghast at 1. how much those boys (and I) drink in a day!!! and 2. how much trash we were saving by pulling these things out.
We also go through a lot of milk thanks to Thomas, so I thought I would add the milk cartons, and Gracie's flavored water bottles (sugar & caffeine free! Love those things!!), as well as our water bottles to the pile.
Today I took out a laundry basket FULL of things to the curb. I felt kinda proud. Garren grimaced, and Luke just laughed at us both.
I don't know how much longer we will participate faithfully, but I intend to give it a try.
*I think I kind of forgot to blog that Luke (Garren's brother) was staying with us for a month or two this summer. He is interning with Garren's office, so they work together in the home office and twice a week they go to Richmond. If you know these boys, you know what it is like when they get together--but so far they have kept their adolescent antics downstairs, and Gracie and Thomas have loved having added attention.