Did you know next month, April 22, is Earth Day?
Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment.
Since Earth Day is coming up soon, today I’d like to share something with you. As you know, I have a rather large family. I like to cook, a lot. With a large family, comes A LOT of trash consumption. Whether it be from papers collected from handouts at school, schoolwork, magazines and newspapers, or especially our food consumption and the containers that our drinks and food come in. We tend to accumulate quite a bit! Especially after a birthday party like the one we had last month.
Growing up, we had these recycling crates. They came in different colors for each type of recycling item. My dad was a daily newspaper reader, so the paper recycling crate would be full each and every week. I was an only child, so our little family didn’t consume as much then as my large family now does. Regardless, recycling was always a part of my life, I can’t imagine doing anything differently. Since I was the only child, I got the pleasure of taking out the trash and recycling weekly on trash day, and I had to sort through the recycling crates to be sure the proper items were in the proper crates.
Recycling has evolved a bit from how it was when I was growing up. Because we do have a large family, we are always teaching them never to be wasteful. Whether it be with their food, their clothes or even their trash.
If you’ve been a reader for a while now, then you know I prefer to make things from scratch when it comes to cooking and baking (it’s so much more economical, less waste, and better for you). Sometimes I dabble in some pre-made items, or a recipe can be semi-homemade using some homemade items and some that are store bought. You can imagine how many containers we can accumulate from just our drinks alone!
When the kids outgrow their clothes or shoes, we hang onto them for the younger kids to grow into, or hand them down to another child we may know, or we donate them.
|Arrowhead – Recycle / ReBorn|
When it comes to our recycling, instead of the little color coded crates we have a large recycling bin. Our one recycling bin used to fill up rather quickly each week, so after our recent move we went ahead and ordered a second recycling bin from our garbage company. Did you know that you could do that? It’s an additional small fee, but for me it’s worth it.
We recycle everything; juice bottles, water bottles, milk cartons, paper, glass.. you name it!
We also drink A LOT of water in our home. My oldest son alone can drink an entire 24 pack of bottled water all to himself in a week. I’m proud of the healthy eating choices I’ve taught my kids. We don’t drink soda very often so we don’t typically have cans to recycle, but we do have a ton of water bottles each week. Since we consume so many, it’s definitely something we don’t want to just toss in the trash!
Just the other day I was washing dishes and there were a few water bottles on the counter to be rinsed and recycled. My 4 year old loves to help with dishes and the kitchen, so he grabbed the bottles and said “Oh, I have to put these in the recycling.” I haven’t really discussed with him yet WHY we recycle, but it’s just something he does because he knows that’s just what you do. But on this day, he asked me “Mommy, why do we recycle?” I was excited for an opportunity to explain to him the importance of recycling and how it will help leave a cleaner earth for him when he gets older, and we discussed the different things that are recyclable and how they can be used again and again rather than just once then wasted. It was a great moment, and he was so excited that he could help make our world better, one water bottle at a time!
Since water bottles tend to be one of the main things found in our recycling bin, I was pleased to learn what Arrowhead is doing to help reduce waste in our environment and landfills.
- Arrowhead’s new ReBorn™ bottle is made with 50% recycled plastic and demonstrates how the plastic you recycle can be given a new life.
- Due to the limited supply of high quality recycled plastic, we need your help in recycling so companies like Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water can use more recycled plastic in our products!
|The U.S. has a recycling problem|
|Hand-Sculpted Flower Earrings made from plastic bottles|
Some Facts About Recycling:
- U.S. plastic beverage bottle recycling rates are only at about 30%
- 2.8 Billion plastic bottles ended up in California landfills in 2011
- Even though a package says it is “100% recycleABLE”, that does not mean it is made with recyclED plastic. It just means it CAN BE recycled. In fact, most containers are not made of recycled plastic.