Being Green in 2017

I just returned to work after three weeks of Passover vacation.  The break was a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle from regular school year routine.  I spent time with my kids in the park enjoying the lovely spring weather with the view the Chevron Hills of the Holy Land in the distance.  As the little ones played in the dirt with toy trucks I allowed my mind wander.

The direction it went was to think about my earth friendly practices. To preface, I am not radical about what I do, but most definitely passionate about them.  I’m a green girl. I use

  • re-usable shopping bags
  • cloth napkins
  • re-usable rags
  • metal water bottles
  • re-usable sandwich bags
  • washable menstrual pads
  • cloth diapers for occasional use

I  buy second-hand clothing.  I recycle.  I cook from scratch.  I re-home items I declutter.

Occasionally I give in to convenience and use disposables but not without a twinge of guilt.  I am happiest when lunch sandwiches are in a snack taxi with my Flylady bottle packed inside an LL Bean lunch bag.  This feels right to me.

I don’t normally ponder whether these small acts of environmental consciousness make a dent in such a big world.  However, maybe they aren’t so small.  A individual snowflake is tiny, but many add up to a make a snowman or create a blizzard. These are the thoughts that swirled thought my mind as I sat in the grass under the tress in the park.

It’s up to us to take care of the Creator’s world.  If each blade of grass is important to Him, then equally so is each act done to protect it.

As I finish writing this, I unknowingly realized that April 22 is Earth Day.  So in honor of Earth Day (if for no other reason) perhaps choose one thing from my bullet list to try.  Whether a re-usable water bottle for daily use, cloth napkins for use on Shabbos, or a pack of colorful rags to cut down paper towel usage the money savings and impact on the environment go a long way.

Thanks for reading.

Karen, TKK (The Klutter Koach)

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