Earth Day 1989 Central Park … Anyone else there? I was 14, on my own with my friends in NYC! EARTH DAY! We wore tie died shirts, listened to music, got wasted (Happy 4.20!) … I did not get the big picture then, I had a great time, but now so many years later … I get it! We have to make Earth Day everyday; it’s the small things that we do and teach our children that make a difference.
I started on the path of less due to finances more so than in an effort to be “green”, but I quickly realized it is the same thing, all around less is less. I started really making an effort in about 2007, and since then I think about everything just a little differently …. I ask myself questions before I do things … If I am done with something can it be re-purposed, handed down, sold, donated, recycled, and if so where? Do I really need it, or do I just want it? If I really need it, can I find it used, or even better FREE? Can I borrow it? Can I buy what I need for my family in bulk? Can I use safer household products and still keep to my budget? I set out on a mission to change and usually Google my questions …. My current question “Non-toxic, or at least less toxic way to strip paint from a metal hamper” …. 27,300 results!!! (post to follow)
The resources are endless, here are just a few I have found. What are your favorite Green Resources? What questions do you have?
- Find Recycling Centers and Learn How To Recycle http://earth911.com/
- Donate crayon nubbins …. http://crazycrayons.com/
- Door-to-door ewaste recycling solution in NYC http://www.4thbin.com/
- Recycle your shoe http://www.nikereuseashoe.com/
- Connect to NYC charities through http://www.facebook.com/pages/GiveLocalNYC/102541556487150?sk=info
- Donation pick up service directory http://www.donationtown.org/
- #5 polypropylene plastic recycling http://www.preserveproducts.com/
- Recycle un-recycleable products and make money for your non-profit at the same time http://www.terracycle.net/
- Recycling clothing, sheets, towels, etc. http://wearablecollections.com/
- STOP JUNK MAIL https://www.catalogchoice.org/
- Find it or give it away http://www.freecycle.org/
- Buy, sell, barter, free http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites