Pierce loves to learn about energy. He has long been fascinated with air conditioners, generators, batteries and the like. He does not get this from me. My brain doesn't have an 'engineering' compartment. When we read the part about asking your parents to use energy saving light bulbs, we did a little investigating.
Here is the light/fan in Pierce's room.
Turns out those are energy saving bulbs already!
Then we read about reusing items for new purposes.
Pierce really wants to make the milk carton bird feeder, and I have pledged to save our next carton for this very purpose.
In the meantime, we went around the house to see what ways we were already helping the planet by reusing what we have.
First, we found Mom's little compost bin on the kitchen counter.
When this is full, it gets emptied into the big ecomposter outside.
Next summer we will use our compost in another
failed prosperous gardening attempt.
We found that the handles on the kitchen cabinets are made from carved mountain laurel, which grows on our land (disclaimer - we did not build the cabinets, but had an Amish carpenter construct them for us).
We found that the deep freezer in the basement still had land harvested spoils from last summer and fall. Frozen basil, mountain wine berries, chopped apples, and persimmons were among the goodies to be found.
Mustn't forget that daily we reuse our Fuzzibunz cloth diapers. Probably our most significant effort in reducing our carbon footprint.
And our diaper pail?
A reused cat litter tub!
My personal favorite item of reuse?
The horse shoe wreath Paul made me from old horse shoes, which hangs beside our dining room table.
Pierce and I also found some ways in the book to protect the planet where we're falling short.
Things like recycling (we don't have any trash pick up where we live, so this requires a good deal of extra effort on our part) and minimizing paper towels (or particularly Clorox wipes - I went through an entire canister last week when the twins had the stomach flu. And I confess that I'm not really sorry about this one!). Pierce and I will have to brainstorm on ways to do better in the future.
What ways are you helping the planet?
I bet you're doing more than you think, if you go look around!
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