The Little Things

Lately, I’ve been feeling frustrated in my quest to “green” my life, and I realized today it’s because the desire to green me has turned into a desire to green the whole world. I want so badly to convince others to believe in what I doing, to understand that we’re destroying our bodies and the environment without even knowing it.  In my attempts to thoroughly research everything I want to blog about, I get distracted by trying to find a perfect solution. I need to remind myself that the little things do make a difference even though they can never be perfect and that eventually I will figure out what to do with all of this knowledge.

In the spirit of making the little things count, here are some of the ways Taylor and I have greened our lives recently:

  • This past weekend, I roasted a whole chicken. A two and half lb. free range organic chicken cost about the same as buying just one lb. of chicken breasts, and we got a fancy dinner out of it, sandwiches the next day, and about 2 quarts of stock to make soup. Buying a whole bird is more sustainable because processing and packaging are minimized. Plus, it was local!

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New Green Habits: On Cars, Elevators, and Worms

This week, Taylor and I are trying to decrease our eco footprint by not driving at all.  Taylor estimates that we use about a 1/4 of a tank a week, which isn’t that much gas, but the everyday driving that we do could easily be avoided by just taking the city buses or walking.  So this week we’re doing our part to unclog the streets of Pittsburgh and reduce emissions, and hopefully we’ll be able to keep it up.

In the spirit of using less resources (and being less lazy) we have also decided to take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible.  That will mean quite a few sets of stairs every day because we work 3-4 floors up. I got a little out of breath this morning, but I think I can handle it.

Lastly, as of this week we’re going to start composing to provide organic matter for our [future] gardens and to reduce our waste.  As badly as I want a worm bucket (no sarcasm; I like worms), Taylor has a compost pile in his backyard that nobody uses. Perfect.