My 89 year old mom is single handedly undoing everything you are doing for the planet. I’m kidding of course but here’s why I say this…
This morning was trash day.
I watched my mom, for the last week, diligently sort and tear paper products and place them in a separate receptacle …cracker boxes, toilet paper tubes, the many notes she takes- nothing was spared.
Come garbage day, my mom puts all these little bits of torn paper and cardboard in a plastic bag, ties it in a double knot and places it in the ‘blue’ box with the newspapers. Yes seriously.
Then she turns her attention to the ‘grey’ container with all her plastics and styrofoam and bottles and cans. Same regiment…she collapses what she can, cuts up what she can and places them in the ‘grey’ box (made that mistake before) to be placed on the curb.
The third step is the actual garbage. My mom empties the freezer with all her little plastic bags full of compostable matter (she refuses to compost) and puts them in a bigger plastic bag. This one is also double tied and it goes into the next bigger size plastic bag with all the other bags of garbage.
Then this big bag is quadruple tied so it’s secure and can then be placed with the other stuff on the curb.
As we all know plastic is basically indestructible but the way my mom packs it, it is impenetrable. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Like I said she’s 89 and not about to change her ways anytime soon but still I tried gently. Know what she said? “They like it this way” and that’s the end of that discussion.
I have to remember to be grateful for what she does. My mom at almost 90 still lives alone, runs an efficient home, cooks for herself and is in great health. She creates a lot of garbage but she disposes of it as she knows how.
It’s not her fault, it’s her generation. She really does think she is doing it the way it is suppose to be done. She doesn’t think about the environment. She never has. She feels it’s not her job and a few plastic bags here and there won’t make a bit of difference.
I know to make changes I’d like to see in the world, I have to start with myself. My reward for all the plastic that I’ve managed not to add to the landfill, for all the plastic bags I’ve refused at the grocery store, for all the fresh produce that I’ve put in my own mesh bags and for all the products I refuse to buy because of over packaging, is that maybe, just maybe, I’ve off set my mother’s consumption. 🙂 LOL
It is easily deduced that there are others who do like my mom or worse. My children’s generation wouldn’t think of not composting or recycling and they are making a difference. At a recent one year old’s party, no plastic was written on the invitation. We are making the changes we want to see.
Plastic is a substance the earth cannot digest. It’s that simple.
Thank you to my mom for what she does and thank you to you for what you do.