You would think by looking at my trash disposal habits that I was Godzilla.
But I’m not.
I’m a 5’3, single woman who expels way too much garbage. And I’m not proud of that.
Ever since I was a little girl garbage disposal baffled me. Where does it all go? Does the heap ever get smaller? What is the purpose of that garbage barge, anyway?
These were all legitimate questions for a seven-year-old to have. But I still have them, and there are still no real solutions to ridding the planet of all this trash.
The garbage, the pollution and the death-defying plastics really bother me deep down in my soul.
But if I’m honest, I am contributing greatly to the waste and for that I am ashamed.
It’s time for me to get my act together and make a real, solid effort to lessen my garbage contribution to the world.
I will refrain from using the term “going green” because at this point that term has become one of those meaningless buzzwords that people just go numb when they hear.
I’m pledging to stop being such a trash panda.
Here are the top 5 ways I pledge to stop being a trash panda:
- Refuse to use plastic bags. Yes, I know this has been a thing for a while, and for some time, I tried. I really did. I would buy the cute, colorful bags with all the pretty fruit and veggies on it, then forget the bags in my trunk or the house, then eventually throw them out because I wasn’t using them. Enough is enough. I have purchased mesh and recycled cotton bags to put my produce and loose items in as well as reusable totes. This is going to happen.
- Stop buying plastic water bottles. Again, I know this is a thing for a long time. I am stopping and using my reusable container consistently. Period.
- Stop buying so much crap. Clothes, shoes, gadgets, furniture, multiples of junk I already have. Donate the stuff that’s not being used and stop paying monthly storage fees for stuff I don’t even remember I have. I feel a deep purge coming on…
- Stop grocery shopping with grandiose expectations. Am I really going to peel and prep all of those vegetables that I buy? Probably not. The road to hell is paved with good intentions…and wasted produce. My intention is to slow my roll and have a clear menu list for the week and not go all Rachel Ray in aisle 7.
- Get creative with what I already have. Recycle and be inventive with what I already have and repurpose it into what I need. It’s always fun turning old undies into dishrags.
Just to be clear, I am not a complete cavewoman.
I have been consciously recycling for years, obsessively saving water, conservative with electricity and I don’t drive a Hummer.
Now, the only question is, what do I use to pick up dog poop with, if not plastic bags?