I like Kermit for many reasons. He’s cute, his voice is annoyingly adorable, and he’s wise.
He says things like: “If life were easy, it wouldn’t be difficult.” (Profound, huh?)
And, (I love this one): “I guess I was wrong when I said I never promised anyone. I promised me.” - Kermit Click To Tweet
Mostly, I love Kermit because he is green.
Green is my favorite color. It is the color of spinach, Brussel sprouts, and broccoli (I love them all.) Green is the color of leaves on a spring tree, fresh grass, and newly cut kiwi. It is clover, a turtle, and many bugs I don’t like (but like the color of). Green is emeralds, and a forest of trees. It is a patch of basil and a field of mint. And green is Mike Wazowski. (Who doesn’t love that green, one-eyed monster?)
Green is also our planet. And green is how we care for it.
I try to be green, really I do. But as hippie as I am, and simple as I like to be, sometimes I am a lot more brown than green.
It happened the other day when I was at the grocery store admiring the fresh produce. I grabbed a few apples, a large pineapple, a bunch of vegetables, and then something caught my eye. Sitting in the middle of the store were fresh, sweet, perfectly red strawberries, encased in large plastic clam shells. It was a dilemma. I wanted the strawberries, but the plastic I could do without. I know what happens to plastic. It sits in a landfill for hundreds of years. (According to www.recycling.about.com, it takes a plastic bottle 450 years to decompose.)
I understand the need for that type of packaging when it comes to soft fruits like berries. After all, who wants to purchase a pile of fruit mush? Yet I hate the thought of tossing plastic in the trash. (Though some stores, like Whole Foods, will take them back.)
Needless to say, I bought the strawberries. Sure, I could wait until the farmers market, drive twenty minutes, sit in traffic, use gas to get there, but I’m not sure that’s very green, either. Or I could wait until berries fill the patches in the area, and go berry picking. But then, I have to drive even further than I do to go to the farmers market.
The plastic shells aren’t the only thing turning my hippie skin from green to brown. I’m still using paper towels. My consumption has greatly decreased, but they are still in our house. According to www.greenlivingtips.com, it takes a paper towel 2-4 weeks to break down. Not even close to plastic, yet, as a country, we consume a lot of paper towels. Www.peopletowels.com states that we waste over 3000 tons of paper towels per day.
There are many simple things I could do to be greener, and some I have already done. My plastic storage is almost gone, my shaving cream in a plastic container no longer exists, and I have a reusable glass bottle for my water. Yet I am still fairly brown. It’s hard in our society to be totally green. But I’m working on it.
Here are a few small things I do to make me a tad greener:
* Reusable water bottle.
* Buy produce with less packaging.
* Use less paper towels and more cloth napkins.
* Use the notepad on my phone for my grocery list (instead of a piece of paper).
* Buy loose leaf tea in place of tea bags.
* Use soap nuts for laundry. **
Just tiny steps towards a greener me. Like I said, it’s impossible to be totally green. Our lives require us to drive to jobs, our food often arrives in plastic, and piles of paper are delivered to our mailbox. Yet we can all do one small thing to make our world a little greener.
As Kermit says, “It’s not easy being green.” And he’s right. But I’m determined to keep trying.
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