Eco-Guilt, My Printer and Earth Day

Last night I needed to print about 20 resumes (sometimes I must have paper in my hand to concentrate on content). The rev of the printer makes me feel pangs of eco-guilt, but in my defense I printed the 20 resumes on the back of my daughter’s graded geography homework. Without even giving a second thought, prior to my printing, I walked over to our “Recycle Bin” where all 3 kids have been trained to dump their used papers.

Maps and globes were an appropriate Earth Day reminder, to celebrate its 40th anniversary Thursday.


Is your home eco-friendly?

I’ve become a bit neurotic, but in a good way. Try this at home …

• Use reusable, re-washable plastic containers instead of miles worth of aluminum foil and plastic wrap for all leftovers and school lunches

• Buy only non-toxic art supplies for craft projects

• Use compostable trash bags

• Contract with a pest control company to use only non-toxic, biologically safe substances to kill bugs and creepy-crawling creatures

• Use energy-saving light bulbs

• Re-use sports bottles for water

• Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth

At we are proud of Project Green, which promotes catalog shopping as one of the greenest ways to shop. Instead of driving all over town emitting carbon dioxide into our atmosphere and burning gasoline, you can shop online, saving time and resources. Furthermore, our basic philosophy is to request only those catalogs where you want to shop from … which saves trees, printing, postage and money.

I will let go of my eco-guilt and print only what I need. We’ve come a long way over the past 40 years. If everyone does something – even something little – to be gentle to our Earth, it makes a difference.  |  digg it!  |  reddit reddit!  |  Google!

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