Archive for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Aunt Norie’s sewing room

July 15, 2009

I like to save old clippings and have found some rare ones, including some poems and stories. This one, however, is just very practical — more timely and important than it perhaps was back in 1992 when I clipped it from the St Clair Courier weekly newspaper.

It’s called Living Smart — Here’s to a Healthy Planet.

Recycling trash, conserving water, saving energy and protecting our environment and its animals are all ways we can make our planet healthier. How can you and your family help?

Practice the following “Planet-pleasing tasks:”

1. Pick up a bottle or aluminum can wherever you find one. Take it home to be recycled.

2. Recycle clean aluminum foil, pie plates and frozen food trays.

3. If you eat at a fast food restaurant, ask for paper cups and plates.

4. Use a cloth towel, instead of a paper one, to dry your hands or wipe up a spill.

5. Reuse plastic bags. If they’re dirty, turn them inside out, rinse them and hang to dry.

6. Carry your lunch to school or work in a lunch box. If you take a bag lunch, bring home the paper and plastic bags to use again.

7. When you buy something small, tell the salesclerk you don’t need a bag for it. Or take a bag with you when you shop.

8. Use both sides of a piece of paper.

9. Dust some light bulbs (dusty light bulbs use more energy than clean ones).

10. If you want to read during the day, move to a sunny part of the room instead of turning on the light.

11. Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth.

12. Instead of throwing away something you don’t want anymore (such as an old toy), pass it on to someone else who can use it.

13. Instead of wrapping food in plastic wrap, store it in a reusable food container.

14. Take a shower instead of a bath.

15. Before tossing a six-pack ring into the garbage, snip each circle with the scissors (six pack rings that end up in the ocean can hurt the animals there).

I’m wondering just how does so much plastic, as we see on the news, end up on our beaches all over the world? Do some countries allow garbage to be dumped in the ocean?

God bless. Hugs now.

— Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; auntnorie@att.net.

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