I have always been a granola-crunching, paper-recycling, environmental-worrying, semi-activist. Though there are seven of us in our home, we put out less than one can of garbage each week. (It should go down even more when I start composting in the spring.) We also put out five or six blue bins of recycling. We shop second hand, only replace items that we can’t fix, and generally try to live simple lives.
Yet I am constantly being challenged and inspired by those who are doing so much more. MrPages has already mentioned No Impact Man. I also follow the stories of Beth at Fake Plastic Fish who is trying to eliminate her plastic consumption, and the Dervaes Family at Path to Freedom, who are living off the grid in the middle of Pasadena, California!
With such heroes from which to gleen insight, I present my first, I hope, of many “Steps to Green” (MrPages says I should trademark it!)
A friend gave me a bag of fabric scraps. I found a bunch of squares that might have been meant for a quilt. Beth’s post about Christmas wrap, and her link to Furoshiki got my creative juices flowing. The result is a smallish kerchief-like section of cloth that can be used to wrap our Christmas gifts. I used the Furoshiki fold for flat objects and then just to be sure it stayed wrapped en route I secured it with some yarn (which is also reclaimed.)
I’m dreaming of a green Christmas!