How to be environmentally friendly without being a tree hugger
I work for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. I have a respect for our environment and the people in it. The Panhandle of Texas is an area that isn’t terribly into being tree huggers. That’s why I figured out how to be environmentally friendly without being a tree hugger.
You don’t have to drive a Prius and live in an off the grid house with solar power and a composting toilet to be environmentally friendly. There are lots of little things you can do.You don’t have to drive a Prius and live in an off the grid house with solar power and a composting toilet to be environmentally friendly. There are lots of little things you can do. Click To Tweet
Confession: the only thing I recycle is aluminum cans. Recycling is not very prevalent in my area. However, in many areas, you can easily recycle paper, plastic, and aluminum. Even if you don’t specifically care about the environment, putting stuff into the landfill costs you money. We are also running out of room to put new landfills.
This one is for the environmentally friendly and the economist. The old saying goes “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”- Boyd K. Packer. You don’t have to reuse everything, but we definitely live in a pre-packaged, throwaway society.
Try to reuse things like paper, and clothes/towels. I recently found out about junk journaling, and that is my favorite way to reuse paper right now. We take clothes that we have outgrown or don’t want any more to a thrift store or charity. Clothes and towels that are beyond charity I use as cleaning rags, or for craft projects.
Okay so, I tried this one and failed. My compost never really composted, it just made a mess. However, I didn’t do my research to see what you need to make it really compost. You need a 50/50 mix of green to brown material, and you need to add water. There is a free guide you can get at:
Right now all I am doing is throwing our fruit and vegetable scraps into my garden. I also put some grass clippings in my flower bed as mulch. This helps add nutrients to the soil, keeps the weeds down, and helps with moisture control.
I’m a tree high-fiver
I’m somewhere in the middle. Not really a tree hugger, but I am concerned with our environment. I’m a tree high fiver.
Nobody wants a landfill in their back yard, or for someone to spout toxic fumes in their neighborhood. But, even if we went back to caveman days, there is still some impact on the environment. Don’t believe me? Read Charles Dickens and see how he describes London. Not caveman days, but definitely not current high tech days.I’m somewhere in the middle. Not really a tree hugger, but I am concerned with our environment. I'm a tree high fiver. Click To Tweet
How do you feel about being environmentally friendly? Don’t care at all, feel kinda meh, or think there is so much more we need to do?