How can I say this.... I think the "green" movement is a little ridiculous. But hear me out.....
I guess I think it is ridiculous because isn't it all just common sense? I mean, it just seems absurd that we need people to remind us to conserve water, or to use paper instead of plastic, or to watch the amount of trash you accumulate or not to waste things. Right? Or is this just because I grew up in a household with very limited disposable income? (NO disposable income at times.)
We conserved water because there were 5 kids sharing one bathroom and you had to be quick. No 30 minute showers when you have people pounding on the door because they need to get in.
We turned off the lights because we were told to - and it made sense.... none of us wanted the electric bill to be excessive.
My mom used cloth diapers because they couldn't afford disposable. (she finally caved in when there were 3 kids in diapers...) Personally, I just don't like the thought of poop floating around in my washing machine, so if you must judge me for choosing disposable when the time comes, you go right ahead. Judge on.
We saved and recycled aluminum cans in the hopes that we could make a few dollars.
To this day, I wash plastic silverware if it isn't yucky because, well- why throw it out if you can re-use it? (I don't put it out at picnics, don't worry. But then again, you wouldn't know if I did.) I also wash ziploc baggies. (But only if it was holding something dry like trail mix. I wash them and then use it for something else, like an opened bag of salad or something. No cross-contamination, don't worry.)
We didn't use Styrofoam at all, but that was mostly because my dad hated the sound of it squeaking. Regardless, we used those flimsy paper plates - just one - on a paper plate holder.
We also used canvas bags for everything. EVERYTHING. Although they were dorky duffel bags instead of the cool bags they have these days, but they served the same purpose.
(This is the part where I try to shove my crazy right-wing opinion down your throat, so skip if you wish)
My problem with Earth Day is that it should be every day. Those of us that went to even one day of Sunday school know that the Bible has plenty to say about conserving the Earth and tending to land and being good to everything. I mean if God made it, wouldn't it make sense that he wants us to take care of it? Instead of going green because it is trendy, do what is good, do what is right - in all things. I guess we needed Al Gore to invent global warming in order for people to take it seriously. Whatever.
Happy Earth Day.