Fellow Mommy blogger Hip Mountain Mama Suzy has come up with a great way to get people talking about environmental issues: One Small Change. And what is it? It’s a contest and a blog-o-thon of sorts. According to the instructions, everyone who participates must make one green-related change per month between now and Earth Day. (That’s four changes all together) And blog about them. On Earth Day, several winners will be chosen. Yes, there are prizes involved! The biggest prize, of course, is that hundreds of bloggers will make said changes and tweet, Facebook, and blog about them. Which means hundreds if not thousands of people will be inspired to do the same. Talk about grassroots action!
I’m in, of course. My One Small Change hit me by accident. I was out of milk so I picked up another half gallon at Trader Joe’s. When I was putting it away I noticed the container is way more environmentally correct than the other brand I had purchased. It doesn’t have a tiny plastic cap on the outside or the plastic pull tab on the inside. By buying the rip-it-open-and-fold-it-back version I was keeping plastic out of a landfill and — even better — out of our oceans. Now that I’ve noticed this, I am going to make a big effort to avoid this type of packaging for some of my other drink purchases. In fact, I am going to try and find milk sold in recyclable glass bottles, which should be difficult since I only buy organic milk. But we shall see! In the meantime, I feel pretty good about my decision since those caps are rarely recycled. (Although I did find a post on Earth911.com about Aveda’s plastic cap recycling program.)
What’s your One Small Change going to be? Can’t wait to hear all about it! (p.s. Do you know where I can find an organic dairy here on Long Island that bottles its milk?!?)