Itâ€™s the beginning of March and time for a new resolution. Throughout March I am going to tackle â€˜Being Greenâ€™. I know single handily I wonâ€™t change the world but I am ashamed to say I am absolutely crap at recycling. For my last rubbish collection, for example, I put out two black bags of normal rubbish and one piddly recycle bag that two glass jars in it. Pitiful really and the only thing in my defence was that there wasnâ€™t any more glass jars in the rubbish bags so yey to me for only using two glass jars. But I hadnâ€™t sorted my paper, plastic etc. If my 80+ year old neighbours can get to grips with recycling then I am sure I can improve my ways.
I also think that our children, grandchildren etc would rather like a planet to grow up on. Any normal child is unlikely to sit down and think â€˜wow we really need to learn how to look after the planetâ€™. They like most of us probably think of the now and not future generations. But if I can get my two to recycle and think a bit greener as natural part of their life and they go on to teach the same with their children then at least I have helped. So I have told my two rather unenthusiastic children that they will be doing my resolution too. Â I asked the teenager to go on my computer (the Holy Grail in my house) and search the internet about recycling. I didnâ€™t interfere with how she searched or what she searched as I wanted it to be natural but her findings left her even less enthusiastic. So I will have to figure out how to make this interesting.
[box] Did you know recycling a one meter stack of newspaper saves one tree.[/box]
I want to find ways to incorporate recycling and being green into normal family life. To find ways that arenâ€™t time consuming or costly and hopefully save pennies along the way.
[box] Did you know we use 8 billion plastic bags each year. That’s about 300 for every household.[/box]
The thing that started me off on my planet saving quest was my 80+ neighbour. The previously mentioned recycling whizz has also decided to start growing veg again after my efforts last year. I am a newbie veg gardener so was forever pestering the poor chap on how to do this, how to do that and howâ€™s my veg doing, knowing he use to be a very keen veg grower. With his help I did manage small crops of leeks, carrots and tomatoes, two peas and more lettuce than I needed. Hardly gets Alan Titchmarsh quaking in his wellies but I am rather bitten by the bug. The comment across the fence, from the recycling veg whizz, that I need some good home grown compost is what in a roundabout way started me on my green resolution. For my veg to grow I need compost which I can make for free and recycle along the way.
[box] Did you know that 60% of the average dustbin’s content could be turned into compost.[/box]
My planet saving quest has started, another very kind neighbour has given me a compost bin. Like a kid with a new toy, Iâ€™ve dragged it home yesterday, cleaned it (no I donâ€™t know why either) and put it in my garden after I read up on its best positioning. The green life has begun.
As usual for my month resolutions I will be tackling this for the whole month. At the end of the month I will decide how easy it is to carry on. This obviously excludes the veg growing as even I or the neighbour have a magic wand to make seeds grow that quick.
[box type=”info”] Last one to get you thinking – In the UK we produce enough rubbish everyday to fill Trafalgar Square to the top of Nelsons column and enough to fill the Albert Hall every hour. [/box]