Sunday, February 1, 2009


I drive a Prius. I use recyclable shopping bags (when I remember them). I buy recycled goods. I use Meyer's and Seventh Generation cleaning supplies. I feel like a terrible steward of the environment though right now.

I don't think we realize how much packaging we go through when we buy things a little bit at a time. When you are replenishing your house though and practically everything you own is new, you start to realize how much plastic is used. Plastic to wrap things in plastic. Plastic air to fill space. Sometimes the boxes are too big for the items that are shipped, and that uses even more plastic. We have ordered a lot online, and I think that has exacerbated the problem.

I have tried to reuse as much as possible. We kept the boxes to use for packing and recycled the ones that weren't in packing condition. We kept the plastic to use as fillers though I am concerned about what will happen to the plastic once we are moved in.

I want the legacy of the fire to be something good. I worry that it will be plastic, stuck in a landfill for hundreds of years.

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