Getting Personal About Going Green: Melissa

Melissa's Take on Going Green

Hi, its Melissa from Cottonwood Chatters in Chilliwack. A few days ago I was given a special challenge, to REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE as much as possible. Honestly, I figured it would be a breeze since I already do recycle quite a bit, both at work with Green Circle and at home with our complex's recycling bin, but it was not quite as simple as I thought it would be. The main issue that I seemed to have was food scraps, which truly surprised me because I didn't think I had been throwing out that much! Once I started paying attention I really noticed the amount that was going into the garbage. Our complex doesn't have a food scrap bin but our city has a program so I am in the process of finding out how to recycle my food bits on my own.

Recycling is FUN!

Throughout this challenge my thought process was definitely geared towards reducing the amount of garbage I was making and that influenced a lot of my decisions. I chose things that were packaged in paper instead of styrofoam, used cloth towels instead of paper towels, and reused things as much as I could. On Sunday my stepson wanted to plant some flowers so instead of running to the store to get a flower pot, we dug through the recycling bin and repurposed a few plastic takeout cups. He loved it and we can still recycle the cups in the future!

In my experience, it was much easier to recycle when there was a system in place for it. When there was no questioning what I was going to do with whatever scrap was in my hand it just became second-nature. Over the weekend, by making more mindful decisions, our family of 3 was able to reduce our garbage to a small grocery bag. It really reinforced the idea that a few small changes can really make a big difference in the long run.

Melissa Gilbert
Cottonwood Chatters