Green on the go

I didn’t post yesterday for a couple of reasons. I wanted to keep the Liebster Award information on top of my page for those wonderful bloggers who wanted more information, also I have 600 pages to read this week and I’m spending every spare minute with my nose in a book. Sorry!

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So, this morning I’d like to talk about being green on the go. As you know, I’m in school so my world is a bit different than many others’. But, my husband works outside the home, so between us, I think we have some good ideas started.

My husband takes a cooler to work every day. He preps everything the night before and packs the stuff that doesn’t need to be refrigerated in the cooler, ready to go. The next morning all he has to do is grab the containers of refrigerated stuff from the fridge and he’s ready. He has refrigeration and a microwave available at work, so I often try to cook an extra portion of dinner for him to take in for lunch. He uses disposable coffee cups though. I bought the super huge pack from the warehouse store during our spendthrift days and he’s still got a bunch. We’ll use them up and he’ll start using his reusable coffee cups.

My situation is a bit different. I don’t have refrigeration available. I try to bring my lunch in on the days that I’ll be at school all day, but sometimes I am at school longer than I’d planned. When that happens, I try to buy things with minimal packaging. The school has recycling bins near all the food vendors on campus but I often take my food up to the office my club has. Sadly, no recycling there. As for drinks, I try to buy bottled drinks and take the empty bottle with me until I find a recycling bin, as the styrofoam drink cups can’t be recycled.

We’re certainly not perfect, but we try to do what we can. There are many things I could do better: bringing snacks wherever I go to tide me over until I can reach real food rather than buying expensive, not terribly healthy or recyclable food from the vendors at school; bringing water with me in one of the shaker cups that my husband has from his obsession with protein shakes after working out; and talking to the administration about expanding the recycling program are all things I can, and will, do.

Where are your strong and weak points? Getting caught hungry, like me? Disposable coffee cups like my husband? Do your main places of living and working have recycling? Green on the go can be challenging, but it’s doable if we’re willing to go to a little trouble.

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