Abigail’s class had an assignment to make a litterbug in preparation for Earth Day. The litterbug was to be constructed from recyclable items found around the house. Lucky for us, all our recycling was sitting in a huge pile in the kitchen rather than being taken out by the road. Abigail decided to make a fly so she gathered pieces and laid it out so we could plan.
I did the spray painting but she did the hand-painting and hot gluing. Initially, we had planned to give the fly rigid legs so he could stand, but we couldn’t find anything good in our junk pile. Instead, we decided to make him flyable. We had just emptied out some old cough syrup so the empty bottle made a perfect handle. So we constructed her litterbug and she flew it to school. It occurs to me know though…I wonder if her litterbug will ever be recycled now? I suppose if he makes it home, he will find his way to the recycle bin during one of our seasonal “hoe outs” where we run the kids out and then throw away everything in their rooms (shhhh…don’t tell).
The other cool thing the school did was to take Abigail’s class (and others?) to the movie theater to see Earth, the new Disney movie. Abigail gave it 2 thumbs up so I figure we’ll all see it soon.
All this got me to thinking about how we might celebrate Earth Day. I am not one to go hold hands and dance around a tree. Still, I see the day as a neat time to consider what we might do to lessen our impact on things. We have already changed to using all CFLs rather than incandescent lightbulbs. We recycle or compost much of our waste and I stopped using gas powered lawn equipment. I don’t mean to try to sound like Captain Earth or something, but I wonder what other things we ought to be doing to lessen our impact and live more sustainable.
What sorts of things do you do to live more sustainably?