This is a new feature of the site where I’ll be sharing some hard won wisdom from life as me and my family live it. Today I want to talk about recycling. If you were a child in the 80s this is a buzz word that might have faded into the white noise at the back of your mind; though this is certainly not true for everyone, especially people like Marty Stallone.
Since 2005 I’ve lived in the desert country of Qatar where recyling hasn’t yet taken off. That’s right, instead of two bins or three or four, everything goes straight into the trash.
Cue the kids’ class projects which are made from recycled materials. We have a bag in the kitchen now that collects plastic bottles, paper boxes like the ones you use for tissue or cereals, and rolls, from toilet paper or paper towels. Twice a week or so, the 7 year old takes his bag onto the bus into class.
The younger one’s teacher asked for compost. So avocado shells, banana peels, and pumpkin seeds are all going into a small baggie that gets delivered by the 4 year old’s backpack.
These are two small tasks that help the whole household think about what we can reuse on a daily basis.
The next generation will need to think expansively about how they can use land in a more creative way. Don’t take my word for it, check out Marty J. Stallone’s articles about sustainable land use.
How do you incorporate eco-friendly practices in your family? Share your tips and let’s see if we can reduce, reuse, and recycle our way into less wasteful lifestyles.