I'm thinking about all this right now, because it turns out that this town I am visiting DOES have a recycling program. And they've had one for years! The problem is, not everybody knows about it. And the bigger problem is, you have to bring it in yourself. This is of little issue to my sister-in-law, who lives in Montana and has to drive even their regular trash in. But to people on vacation, I'm sure this seems like the hassle of all hassles. Because not only do you have to drive it somewhere, but you have to separate it as well. But what am I going to do, walk around town reminding people that after they sleep in, take a swim in the lake and enjoy a leisurely stroll down the beach they should go back to their vacation cottages and spend some quality time separating their #1 from their #2 plastics, loading it into their cars and driving it into town?
I saw this woman in the "Today" show that started a movement by putting post-it notes on public bathroom mirrors that said things like, "You are beautiful!" And while the story made me want to gag, I also recognize that it was brilliant, because it became infectious, and people started posting positive affirmations everywhere. It is beautiful because it is subtle and anonymous, but pervasive, and exactly the kind of thing the green movement needs. I realize that anyone who reads this blog is probably just as passionate about the environment as I am and I need to find a way to reach the people who are apathetic about recycling, pollution or conservation, but I am at a loss...
are post-it notes terrible for the environment?
totally depressing environmental fact:
|On a pristine beach on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a small valley in the sand collects bottle caps and plastic wrappers, and yes, way off in the distance, a plastic tampon applicator.|