Where does it all come from? How do I accumulate so much paper while living in a techy society? Even with so much still being accomplished online, we get paper, paper, and more paper in the mail, in packages that contain products we’ve ordered online, magazines (although I hope to change that when I pick up my color Nook someday) and advertising. And receipts. Holy cow! I really need an industrial shredder for all of the things that need to be shredded around here. And I need to create a better plan for separating the recycle. I was so impressed by the Germans when we lived there. They had large bins in town for glass recycling (separated by color of glass) and they actually fined people who threw away something that could be recycled or burned. When we threw out our trash, we only had one very small bag a month…about the size of 1 gallon of milk. Everything else was recycled, reused or burned in our stove. The stove kept our apartment warm. During the summer, we stock-piled cardboard and paper until fall and then we’d burn the stuff for heat, which then kept our utilities lower.
Americans could learn a lot from the citizens of Germany and their stringent recycling processes. And it would be great if “going green” could progress to the point that we didn’t get so much junk mail and stuffing in boxes that were made of paper. Or maybe I just need to quit shopping. My dear hubby would love that!! Then I wouldn’t have to recycle all of those cardboard boxes and the paper stuffing.
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. ~ New England proverb