Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Proud Green Mama Moment

Yesterday afternoon my 4 year old grabbed himself two yogurts out of the fridge for a snack. Always two, never just one. I was busy doing something with my little guys, probably changing diapers. Then I walked into the kitchen, past the area on the counter where we stack our recyclables, and there sat the two empty yogurt containers. I was shocked and proud at the same time. Usually he tosses them in the sink, I hadn't realized he knew where our recycling pile was.

A short while later I noticed an empty toilet paper roll in the bathroom trash. I pulled it out and explained to him that it goes in the recycling to which he responded "Yes, and William put the yogurts in the recycling too!" Gotta love when they talk about themselves in the 3rd person. I know its cheesy, but it made me so proud! And it just goes to show you that you that little ones pick up on everything you do, even if you don't always explain it to them. So lead and teach by example: if you start doing greener things around your house, your kids will learn from you!

On a side note, I really need to come up with a better way to store recyclables until we bring them down to the garage. This picture doesn't begin to show how messy it can get on my counter. Any ideas? We're limited on space.


  1. We have a plastic storage tote, from previous storage that we stuck in our front closet by the door and we toss it all in there.

  2. Here is what I do....I take anything that needs to be recycled and leave it on our dining room table that is by the door that leads to our garage and recycle bin. My husband knows that that is "the sign" and grumbles and growls but out it goes....some subtle messaging for the man.

  3. So funny Lyne, that's pretty much what happens here too! And occasionally I here "how come I'm the only one who brings the recycling down?"

  4. We have two trash cans side by side, one for trash and one for recycling. Our company doesn't have us separte, though. But one big can helps us actually DO it.

  5. We use two inexpensive laundry baskets. They sit on the folding area in the laundry room until they are full!

  6. Did you know that StoneyField Farms donates their yogurt cups to preserve to create their toothbrushes and things of that nature! So cool!


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