Where are we with Recycling, Reusing, and Reducing?
By Danielle Flagg, Marketing Intern
Personally I try to recycle, reduce, and reuse every chance I get. I recycle my plastic and glass bottles, cardboard and paper, etc. I also try to reduce my plastic bottle use by carrying around a reusable eco- friendly BPA free, stainless steel water bottle.
When I grocery shop I remember to bring my canvas
tote bags so I won’t have to waste plastic or paper bags. These are just a few simple acts of greening that I have been able to proactively implement in my daily routine. I am sure
many of you are familiar with this green movement, and how you can participate in helping to preserve our planet, but is it really that easy?
During my last visit to Europe I was constantly reminded to recycle because everywhere I went there were 3-purpose trashcans designed specifically for paper, bottles, and trash. This differs from the Boston area where those recycle trashcans are sparse. I have found that when there is not a convenient reminder to recycle in front of you, it is hard to develop these good habits. Unfortunately, the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” comes into play. Most people will not bother to carry around extra “trash”, or rather “recyclable trash,” just because there is a lack of convenience of the proper disposal of these items. So when it comes to cultivating the “green” culture, when does “going green” transform from a personal decision to mainstream culture?