February 26, 2008

Let's Get It Started

Well, Maria Von Trapp probably said it best when she said/sang, "Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start..." And the woman clearly had some appreciation for the environment what with all that twirling on mountaintops and whatnot. So, yes, a very good place to start. (But, this weeks posts are obviously not a tribute to musicals so let's let Maria off the hook for the moment.)

Of course we all know the growing emphasis on living from a more ecological perspective. "Green" is all around us and growing (thankfully). But as with a lot of things it can be rather overwhelming. Trying to get my parents on the recycling bandwagon is tantamount to convincing them to start speaking a foreign language as part of their daily routine. The point is that it doesn't have to happen all at once or overnight. Baby steps, Kids...baby steps. (For now, my Dad switched out his regular bulbs for CFL bulbs in his office. Well done!)

So with that in mind, I introduce Greensender.com, a company that's there to help us ease into the transition. For roughly $50 usd, Greensender will ship to you or someone you care about a starter kit. Containing a reusable water bottle (to help replace the 30 million plastic bottles a year of which only about 15% are recycled), Reusable Cotton Grocery Bag (Paper or plastic? Um, how about neither?), one CFL bulb, and an organic cotton t-shirt.

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The thing is...we all have to start somewhere (...and let me tell you I'm still trying to move past my aesthetic issues with cfl's (the lighting just isn't pretty), but at least I've become a recycling and composting fiend!). So don't put too much pressure on yourself if you're just getting into the swing of things...just start at the very beginning. That is to say, don't go making a mountain out of a molehill....Maria ;)

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