Vegans will crucify me. I don’t want to war with anyone online, especially not about the hypocrisy of my use of pork products, while discussing recycling. These are the things I’m mulling over when I come to the realization. How many people out there are intimidated by devout naturalists whose passions ring true, but whose processes segregate those that aren’t “all in?” How dangerous it is when we, without realizing it, in the process of judging someone else’s involvement in a movement, actually disengage those who aren’t prepared for “all in” but were prepared for “up-to-my-ankle” for now.
Equate this to another time in our history, when people had the chance to decide whether they believed the Earth was flat, or if the rumors were true that some new age explorers had found it to be round. I’m sure that was an unpopular notion. It sort of changed everything. For a short time, I imagine there was a divide between those who accepted the news and those who didn’t see the proof. Until it was no longer acceptable to “decide” because there was, in fact, only one truth. Right now, the pendulum is swinging fast for the other direction when the shoe drops, when the possiblility of the Earth being flat is no longer accepted. In fact, we have seen more and more farms throughout the states requiring subsidies for lost crops, diseased crops, lacking irrigation resources and under the stress of drought.
It can be simple, small changes like these that make your small, but important changes:
-Recycle, and recycle everything- plastics, old aluminum foil, packaging materials. Find out what your local center accepts- you'll probably find out it's a lot more than you knew!
-Use your own grocery bags or save plastic grocery bags and recycle them at designated locations.
-Shop second hand.
-Support your local community garden or use some yard space to grow seasonal fruits and veggies.
-Use your disposal for fruit and veggie scraps, or compost them instead of trashing them.
-Reuse old baskets as planters in the yard to grow your own herbs or small edible plants.
-Make your own non-toxic all-purpose cleaner with vinegar, baking soda, lemons and water.
-Buy products that support local economies. These can be anything from local made honey to accessories like purses or bracelets made by women in poor communities, to buying from co-op style meat providers.
-If eating out, find restaurants that support local growers or farm-to-table style dining.
-When shopping Amazon, use Amazon.com/smile and support an environmental non-profit. Amazon will donate a percentage of each purchase made through their Smile program.
-When ready to buy a new car, consider hybrid. Technology for eco-friendly cars has made great advances and variety of models has grown greatly over the last few years.
-Remember, our buying power is what makes the greatest waves. The more demand for organics, non toxic's, solar power, etc... the greater advances large companies will get on board to make changes.