Going green isn’t about achieving a destination: it’s a journey on a path.
That path is sometimes so clearly identified and well trodden that anyone can find their way around. What do I mean?
Well, recycling pops into mind:
- Rinse the can.
- Drop it in the blue bin.
- Put the bin at the road.
- Pick up by recycling truck.
- Put empty bin in garage.
I’ve got that down pat.
Other times, the path breaks off into so many other overgrown paths that the options become muddled. What do I mean?
Well, composting pops into mind:
- Buy expensive compost bags for the city run program.
- Use bags (for a number of years).
- Put allowed items in the bags.
- Put bags in green bin.
- Put bin at road.
- Feel good about effort.
- Refuse pick up by compost truck.
- Call the city.
- Explain to the city that we’ve been using same bags for years.
- Discover that local stores sell compostable bags that the city doesn’t accept.
- Feel ashamed that effort has been in vain.
- Listen patiently as city says only option is to remove all compostable bags from bin.
- Remove two week old compost from the bags in the bin.
- Return bin to the road, sans compostable bags.
- Return of compost truck.
- Pick up by compost truck.
- Put empty bin to garage.
- Vow to never buy compostable bags again.
- Look into home composting.
- Become overwhelmed by options: location, bins, worms, winter composting.
- Scratch head.
- Buy compost bags sanctioned by the city until another solution is found.
- Feel somewhat good about effort put in.
- Wait until spring for new solution.
What I find interesting about going green, other than watching husband’s face as he rifles through two week old compost bins, are the endless options available.
Back to my example.
There are levels of composting: you can use the city run program or go totally hardcore and start a worm colony. I’m not sure where we’ll end up on the spectrum, probably somewhere in between. I’m not a particular fan of worms.
Nothing is black and white. It’s….well….green. And there are many shades of green.
Although I’ve been treading on a light green path for a number of years, having children made me really reconsider how much more I can do.
Being green(er) is thinking about and putting effort into waste reduction, eliminating household toxins, buying local, gardening, rearing green babies, becoming energy efficient, cooking, re-using, enjoying a conscious way of living and being more natural.
This blog is about my effort, no, my vow, to be more naturally green.