The following article was written by my friend Amy Hearst, a
very green mama and one of my favorite people. She recently
told me that when she eats at restaurants she asks for the manager
to make sure they are recycling; if they aren't, she takes the
opportunity to tell them why they should.
She is a true character, a devoted mom and she's passionate
about saving the environment. She may embarrass her
husband occasionally (we feel for you Matt!), but it's all in the
name of making this world a better place……
So I'm at the grocery store tonight and I always bring my own
reusable bags. I'm checking out and the sacker person asks a
seemingly innocent question without noticing I brought my own
I snarl back, "No, plastic is NOT okay!"
Then I angrily toss my organic fruit into my own reusable
My husband keeps telling me I need to be a little kinder when
I'm trying to get my point across, but people, we don't have time
to be kind! Years of being kind have led to a suffering
Years of, "You know what, I'll just double bag this for you -
you have an extra heavy load here."
Years of, "I want to recycle but I get so tired of thinking
about all of the sorting."
And years of, "Our area doesn't offer curbside for glass, but we
really recycle everything else."
Use it once, throw it away. Is that what I want my kids to
grow up thinking? That we are disposable, that the earth
revolves around what we, as brief inhabitants of this place, desire
and want? I don't think so.
We moved from a Chicago condo to a house in suburban Kansas
City. While in Chicago the trash (and recyclables) that my
family generated didn't really register to me. We just sorted
things and tossed much of it into a giant dumpster outside our
In KC, we faithfully put our limit of two trash bags out per
week along with blue bins for recycling. It was staggering to
me when I walk in our neighborhood in the mornings to see all of
the giant bags of trash lining the streets…and we are one small
neighborhood in the midst of so many.
I also had a bit of an emotional epiphany one day at
Target. I walked the aisle of laundry detergents and started
thinking about how many of those plastic bottles could be
recycled…and probably weren't. They could end up in a
landfill, slowing leaking their BPA toxins in my children's
drinking water someday. My eyes filled with tears.
I can get myself so worked up sometimes thinking, What can I
do? How can I help?
I have found some ways, and I hope that my passions have paid
As an addendum, I just received this email from Amy….
Matthew and I went on a date Friday night to this great
burgers and beer place we love (Blanc Burgers and Bottles) and the
server said they recycle glass along with several other Plaza
restaurants. I was SOOOO excited……
Do want to tell Amy she's doing a good job, ask her advice
or tell her to stop embarrassing her husband? Email her at
Do you have any green tips? Feel free to
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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