|At Christmas--it's not easy being green.|
So, we throw things out. For me, no time of the year is this more painful than at Christmas. The wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, the live Christmas trees, the tinsel, the plastic and cardboard packaging on gifts, the leftovers we meant to eat, but then we just couldn't stomach turkey for another day. (Okay, maybe I'm reaching here because, really, who throws out turkey?) Of course, these things come from a well-meaning place—and only grinches bemoan presents, decorations and feasts, right? Still, I can't help but cringe when I think about where all the excesses of our celebrating end up (i.e.: landfills, bodies of water, buried under the snow only to be unveiled—looking dirtier and mushier—during spring thaw). To those of us who make an effort to put the tissue paper in a blue bag instead of a garbage bag, or painstakingly pull tape off wrapping paper and fold it up for next year, I still have to play the stickler and say—there are three Rs and the first one isn't recycle or reuse, but reduce. Truthfully, do we really need all this stuff?
|Umm, guys? I think we took a wrong turn somewhere...|
This Christmas, let's do all the usuals. Give. Receive. Love. Eat until we're sick. But let's also do something else. Let's think about this beautiful planet we live on and give thanks for all its wonders by reusing, recycling and, most importantly, reducing. I'm sure your kid will love the Let's Rock Elmo—whether it's wrapped in shiny new paper or stuffed in a Liquor Depot bag you salvaged from the trash—just the same.
Have any ideas about using the three Rs during the holiday season? Feel free to share them in the comments!