About a month ago, I posted about my pledge to stop buying bottled water... I am happy to say, I have done very well. In the past month, I have only bought one bottle of water. I was at the baseball game with my Pops and it was hot and I could choose between bottled water, soda or beer. I choose the water. I think one bottle for the month is pretty good.
Part of my idea was that I would start using many of the sports bottles I already own - this was a great idea, but I quickly realized many of my sports bottles do not fit into the cup holders in my car. So, I did buy two new water bottles that I love and have had one with me every day since. And yes, the extra large sports bottles are getting good use, just at home. Another fringe benefit - my new sports bottles are helping me drink more water each day... and less soda (a vice I am trying to give up - without much luck).
Since this is working so well for me, I started thinking about what other things I could do - or things I could do better. I decided that consistently recycling would be another good step. I sometimes leave bags of cans in my alley for the nice old man that collects them. I sometimes share my magazines with friends before throwing them away. I sometimes walk my newspapers and magazines to the recycling box at church. So now, my sometimes will hopefully turn into always. All my plastics, aluminum and paper.
To do this, I wanted to set up a simple, easy and convenient system. I know I can be sidetracked easily, so I set up my very own personal recycling center (thanks to the container store - wow, I am surprised I got out of the place with only what I planned to buy). It is right on my back porch, just outside my kitchen door - very easy access. Plus, I will pass it everyday, so when it gets full, it will remind me to distribute it where it needs to go. I still plan on leaving the cans for the nice old man - I know he likes to collect his pennies.
Hmmm, now to think of next steps. Maybe cleaning supplies.