As I got out of my car as I ran an errand on the way to school Saturday I was framing how I could do this. The first thing I saw was a cigarette butt on the ground next to my car. I did not pick it up, but I did think about the fact that a butt lasts in the environment for 5 years. They also contain chemicals that get washed into the water supply. I headed toward Starbucks for a rare treat from one of the children at Christmas.
The car directly in front of mine was a luxury SUV. Next to it sat a large Starbucks cup neatly set down and left for someone else to pick up. Ah....my first green act! I picked it up and carried it into Starbucks. Looking around I saw no recycling container. I hunted up the manager. "You do recycle don't you," Starbucks did not recycle but they would throw the cup away. I regularly bring my plastic home to place it in Curby, but I did not want to do so with a cup of questionable origin. The employee took it and threw it away. Not so green an act, I thought, but at least I did take it out of the waste stream of Richland Creek.
Never fear multiple opportunities in that same parking lot awaited. I left with my coffee and headed to Katy's Hallmark to purchase a gift for one of my favorite little two year olds when the sound of something approaching from behind caught my attention. The breeze pushed a coke bottle, empty with lid in place, briskly past me. Ah, my green act I thought as I chased it finally down the hill trapping it against the curb. But then trying to find a recycle bin once again thwarted me. Our city won an award for being green, but when I looked for a bin like those I saw all over Europe I found none. Green Hills wasn't so green with only a dirty old trash bin and once again, I had no opportunity to exercise my virtue!
When I carried the bottle into Katy's I asked them if they recycled. No. On the way back to my car I found an apple core near my vehicle. Ah well, I thought, At least this will decompose in just a few weeks and if an animal eats it there would be no harm! So in the space of 15 minutes I had the opportunity to pick up four things littering the environment. So I challenge you to commit one green act a day for the next 30 days.
Then be sure to let me know what it was either by responding her or sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can keep track of all our good deeds.