The staff of Glynne’s Soaps is giving up trash for Lent. Well, in a manner of speaking…..
The practice of giving up something for Lent has religious beginnings, but is often used by people just wanting to start a new habit or eliminate an old bad habit. It is meant to be a serious undertaking, however some people joke about it. The 10 year old son of a friend of ours decided to give up school for Lent. Not quite the point, but cute none the less.
As a company, Glynne’s Soaps has decided to literally give up trash for the season. What does this really mean? It means we are going to make a more concerted effort to recycle everything we can.
The average American discards 4.4 pounds of garbage every day.
To let you know how much garbage this is - If we put all of the solid waste collected in the U.S. in a line of average garbage trucks, that line of trucks could cross the country, extending from New York City to Los Angeles, more than 100 times! That’s a lot of garbage. And that number can be reduced by recycling. On average, each American recycles one item every year. I don’t know about you, but I know I consume more than one can or bottle of soda or water every year, so there is a lot out there that is not being recycled. To add to the impact of that -
Every aluminum can that is recycled generates enough energy to power a TV for 6 hours.
Think about that while you are tossing that can in the trash.
We used to be a lot better about recycling. And it showed in the amount of trash we had for the garbage men each week. But, I got lazy and just decided to start tossing it all in the garbage can. And again, it make a noticeable difference, this time in a negative way. So we are taking this time to make a concerted effort to renew and increase our recycling efforts.
In addition to recycling, 34% of the trash tossed out each year could be composted, creating nutrient rich soil for gardens and flower beds. For Christmas I got a compost bin.
It sits on the kitchen counter and I put all my veggie scraps in it, along with coffee grounds, egg shells and the insides of tea bags…..well, everything organic I would potentially toss out. It has made composting so much easier! I love using it. You can learn more about composting at How to Compost.org
Recycling in a lot of areas is easy. It’s just a matter of putting recyclables in the recycle bin as opposed to the regular garbage. However, because our area does not offer curbside recycling, we must make a greater effort. To do this, we separate our glass, plastic and paper into separate bins. We have found it easier to make a weekly trip to the recycle station (it’s a very short drive and a location we pass regularly). With a little planning we can deposit our recyclables without an extra trip. Here is a great site with information on what can be recycled and where in your area to take your recyclables.
Experts say it takes 21 days to make a habit. Our Glynne’s Soaps goal for the next 40 days is to recycle or compost everything we can and turn it into a habit. One that will have a positive effect on the environment.
What are some ways that you recycle and have a positive impact on the environment? Let us know in the comments!