Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day today we are recognizing our need to take care of our planet.  In reflecting about what to say I have realized that in the last year the Kennedy's have made many changes to help lessen our impact on the Earth.  Here are our significant 2010/2011 changes:

*Using canvas bags at the store.
*No longer using chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
*Buying as much local food as possible.
*Supporting and buying from sustainable farmers.
*Keeping Bees.
*Using less chemical cleaning products inside and making our own counter cleaner.

We definitely have many more changes to make and aspects in which to improve.  In 2011 I would like to transition from many of our plastic food storage containers to more glass containers, reduce our water usage, and RECYCLE.  Yes many of you might find it surprising, I do too, but we actually don't have a recycling bin.  We never had to set up our trash service since the city works it into our water bill.  In order to have recycling service you have to set it up yourself and we just never got around to it.  It's a lame excuse but its the unfortunate truth.

I hope all of you are finding ways that fit into your life to help our planet.


  1. I'm orginally from New York state and it was required that you recycle or they would not pick up your trash. You had to use clear bags so they could see inside of them too. Everything had to be washed out with labels removed. I was shocked when I moved to Florida to find that it is not required. You can call and request a recycling bin, but the garbage men only pick up metal, plastic and glass. If you want to recycle your glass you have to take it the dump yourself and place it in their collection bin.

    I have to admit, now that I am not required to recycle, I have slipped. Thanks for writing this post and I plan to start recycling again like a good little girl!

  2. In Wisconsin they made it so easy it was practically mandatory! There were recycling dumpsters next to every trash dumpster and at one of our condos we had a little bin we put out with the trash. Here is St. Louis I have to walk like half a block down the alley to get to the one our entire neighborhood shares and it's always jam packed!