I am simply amazed at the number of scholarships I can apply for. Of course, it doesn’t mean that I will get all of them, but every bit helps. I continue to be amazed at the variety of topics covered by scholarships, and people who know me, know that I will NOT pass up the opportunity to talk about ‘going green’ Blogging about how I reduce, reuse and recycle while submitting my blog post for a scholarship answer is a way for me to reduce. Basically I am killing 2 birds with one stone- sharing my ‘green tips’ while applying for a scholarship.
Below are a few steps my household takes to reduce, reuse and recycle.
1) Follow the city’s recycle schedule and recycle everything possible in the house; cans, plastic, paper, cardboard, plastic bags.
2) I take paper bags to my church’s food pantry.
3) I use cloth / reusable bags when shopping at the grocery store, Costco, and Savers (used clothing store)
4) I buy the majority of my clothes from a resale store. When clothes come into the house, clothes need to go out of the house to a non-profit.
5) Foods scraps, leaves and yard waste are composted in the back yard.
6) Large yard waste scraps are taken to the city’s drop site.
7) Electronics are taken to an electronic recycle site.
8 ) Use Compact Fluorescent lights throughout the house.
9) Reduce fuel & energy consumption by choosing to drive the Diesel VW Beetle which gets 40 mpg in the city & 45+ mpg on hwy while using a programmable thermostat to heat the house only when we are home.
10) Have a rain barrel and use the collected water for berry bushes, flowers, new plantings and the yard.
Can we do more to reduce our fuel consumption and our water consumption? Absolutely.
We live on a beautiful earth, and we have a responsibility to leave this earth beautiful for generations to come.