Tuesday, May 4, 2010

More True Stories of Recycling

California is supposed to be one of the greenest places in the U.S. It probably is, I guess. My uncle calls us "the land of fruit and nuts". Yeah, we're earthy and crunchy and all that good stuff. But sometimes, we're also LAZY. I don't want to shake my finger at you, but I went to the L.A. Times Festival of Books last week. (http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks) And there were a LOT of people there. There were a lot of water bottles and soda bottles and cans goin' around, and lots of them made it back to the recycling bins, which I did not pilfer for bottles. But, I did look for my "nickels" in trash cans, on the ground, and I made another $3.65 off of people who threw those bottles away in a garbage can right next to a recycling bin!!!!

There are so many little things we can do that make a difference. There are things that we don't even THINK about that add up. We need to start thinking about it, people! We need to notice that when we throw away a can or bottle, it never disappears. Plastic. Never. Disappears.

Think about it this way, you know how your laundry seems to pile up? You wear one or two outfits a day, your spouse or boyfriend wears an outfit or two. Your kids wear an outfit or three, if they're as messy as mine. After two weeks, the mess, the pile is out of control, so we clean up that pile. We wash and reuse 'em. How many bottles of water, cans of soda, bottles of tea or juice do you drink a day? That pile NEVER gets cleaned up unless we recycle it. It gets moved around. You know that pile of laundry after two weeks? Imagine it, unhampered, after 52 weeks, times all the families on your block, in your school, in your neighborhood, in your state, in your country, IN THE WORLD.

That's a lot of laundry. Please don't just throw it away.

Anyway, people at the L.A. Times Festival of Books who couldn't reach over to the recycling bin instead of the trash can, thanks. $3.65 towards my kids' college fund. (73 more cans and water bottles) 848 cans found. $42.40 total.

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