March has come to an end and with it my Green Resolution. I donâ€™t know why but when I started the resolution I didnâ€™t think I would enjoy it. I had visions of bags of recycling cluttering up my home till collection day. I also naively thought recycling would be easy as I thought everything could be recycled. Its all very well the supermarkets getting behind the recycling and putting labels on all the packaging to say what is recyclable but its a bit pointless when in small print it says â€˜check with your local councilâ€™. For example most of the plastic packaging that is used by manufactures cannot at this time be recycled by my local council or by the recycle centre near me. The only things I can recycle in the plastic department are milk and drinks bottles. Once I got into the swing of things, recycling has very easily slotted into every day family life. I donâ€™t, though, have any indication or clue if my efforts are actually doing anything. I do struggle to be enthusiastic about things unless I can see an improvement. Watching my recycling disappearing into the distance on the back of the recycling lorry doesnâ€™t really do it for me. I knew that my efforts wouldnâ€™t cause an overnight hysteria of success but come on give me a sign of some sort. Â Both the children have got into to it to and instead of throwing everything away if there is something they are not sure if they will stand in the kitchen making recycling noises which they know puts a green motherly smile on my face.
I also learnt that itâ€™s not just about recycling plastic, glass and paper each week. Things like light bulbs, appliances, products etc can all be tweaked to be greener if you just take 5 minutes to think what the better option is.
There is reusing things too. I have a small area in the garden that is a real sun trap but is ugly and uneven. The easiest option would have been to get a builder in to make it look pretty with some blocks and paving slabs. I donâ€™t have the money for that sort of thing so instead I have done it myself. Not like the builder would have done but with some hefty stones found from the corners of my garden, soil and a lot of back breaking it has been transformed into a hard standing area that will now happily home the fruit and veg in pots. Didnâ€™t cost me a penny and used up â€˜rubbishâ€™ from around the garden. I am more chuffed with it then I would have been if I got the builder in.
So with March at end the important question has to be asked, will I continue my green crusade?
In a way I will. I know single handily I am not going to save the world. I know that I donâ€™t have to try to be green in every area of my life but just the bits I can do freely and easily. I have though installed the green seed into my children. If they now grow up more aware and recycle for the rest of their lives and pass that on to their children then maybe I have achieved something.