Friday, April 23, 2010

Earth Day...huh?

Well, yet another year of celebrating Earth Day has come and gone and with each year the concept of the "Green Movement" tickles me more and more. Well, maybe tickles isn't the right word...bumfuzzled maybe? Earth Day was first established in 1970 and designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. A good thing...but when did common sense need a specific day?

My great grandparents, grandparents and parents surprisingly practiced "green habits," but it was called being frugal out of necessity. I call it being a good steward of God's earth. I've been "green" for quite some time, but not because of a trend or some new environmental push. I'm "green" because it makes good sense.

I remember my grandfather's rain barrels...he said the rainwater made the plants grow stronger. I loved hearing the stories my grandmother shared about herbal remedies made by her mother and grandmother because there was no money to go to the doctor at the drop of a hat.

You never had a light on in a room that was unoccupied. The water was never left running while you brushed your teeth. Composting was a given and scraps carried outside by the grandchildren was a common activity. Gardening was the only way to get the best organic veggies and making your own ice cream wasn't just a throw back to enjoy the simple days of the was economical. Run out of toothpaste? Baking soda and salt was always on hand. And with the same formula you could clean your bathroom while you were at it (:

You never threw anything out because it could be used later...for something. Hand washing clothes and drying sheets in the sunshine wasn't just a way to save energy, but when ya don't have the appliances it makes saving energy a whole lot easier (: Plus the sunshine made the whites whiter and offered the sweet smell of summer when brought indoors.

In following the common sense traditions of generations gone by, I make our natural cleaning products, toothpaste and body care products. Our bulbs are all CFL's (can't wait for a better LED version because the mercury thing seems counter intuitive), the temp in the house is kept at a consistent level and I always bring bags when going to the store...they were called totes long ago (:

I make our butter, ice cream and salad dressings, prefer home grown veggies, local free-range meats and will never eat a packaged meal over a home cooked one. Glass is used over plastic and filtered water is a must instead of wasting money on bottled. I recycle, buy used and save the difference and love turning discarded items into usable finds. Sewing, designing our home decor and creating new furniture from old instead of buying a finished item from the store is a passion.

So yes...I guess I'm "green"...or maybe I'm just being mindful of all the blessings God has given on this place called Earth. With such a beautiful gift, why would anyone choose not to be a good steward? (By the way...the photos above were from our Earth Day journey)

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  1. yeah, you're 'green' - weird to be in style - at least for me it is :)

  2. haha!! Should I now call myself the jolly "green" giant (: Deb, you're so funny! From one weirdo to another, I love pavin' my own way (:

  3. Sound slike you were raised the same way I was. Sad ting is, so many people weren't and haven't a clue that it matters that you turn the water off when brushing your teeth, or put the scraps in the compost bucket. My hsband grew up completely different than I did, and it's taken 23 years to get him to turn off a light when he leaves the room. Drives me crazy.

  4. Growing up, we always had clothes on the line (except when it was just too cold and then they were on the line in the basement). And you're right, veggie scraps got tossed outside to feed the goats or behind the grain bins, and it was usually my task. Living in the city changes some of that for me these days, but I'm inspired by your ideas.

  5. It is so important to educate our children, as not so long ago, wasting was considered pure frivolity and stupidity. We are here to serve and leave behind this borrowed earth in better shape. I love all the good you are doing and thank-you for sharing this each day.

  6. your childhood memories sound much like mine. I'm also in the midst of chaning things over to a more sustainable "green" living situation. I also make bath & body products that are natural ingredient contained, working on recycled textile items, and the list goes on...

  7. Very inspirational. I try to recycle and be friendly to the earth, and you know what? I totally agree that natural is best, ie. rainwater does a million times better for my flowers than Miracle Gro. Lovely, thoughtful blog here, I'm a new follower!

  8. So true! How did we manage to get so far away from this simple (and best) way of life. Leigh

  9. I agree - it is just common sense! I loved reading about your grandparents and also things you did growing up. My Dad was always yelling "cut out the lights!" "turn off the tap!" but I think it was for monetary reasons not environmental!!

  10. A lovely post. I couldn't agree more that being frugal and conservative of resources shouldn't be "trendy", but if it gets more people on board, that's not a bad thing, right?
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you'll be back again sometime.

  11. good good stuff! it just makes sense. period!


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