Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

Every day is Earth Day at the Polark house! We recycle regularly, use cloth napkins at dinner, use reusable grocery bags, buy and use energy efficient appliances (just had to buy a new washer, my old one just died), use non-toxic cleaners, and lower our thermostat (I wear sweatshirts to bed and use two comforters in the winter!).
And green is my favorite color! It seriously is!
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Like the shirt my husband is wearing today (above)?

I am wearing this shirt today.
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And my youngest son is wearing this today.
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How are you kind to our planet?

22 comments:

Jonathon Arntson said...

I am not as envirofriendly as I need to be. We recycle everything that can be and have several different bins set up. We keep the thermostat low too, but our house is heating by burning corn husks, so that's neat. Unfortunately, we live in an old farmhouse and in West Michigan, it's comparable to Forks in darkness, so the lights have to be on all the time. We obviously turn them off when we're not using them. Patriarch is an electrical engineer, so he's pretty nazi about turning them off and catches us doing bad by the enviro. Also, we rarely use the oven for sinner unless three dishes require its services. I keep all the paper from my two jobs that they would normally throw away. I print my crit partners MS's on these scrap papers. If one of them becomes the next JK Rowling, Ebay will be fighting over my copies, which will have lists of movies on the back. Wow, I am totally a rambler today.

Thanks for setting such a good example, Kelly.

Hema P. said...

Cool reminder to everyone, Kelly, and love all the t-shirts! We recycle committedly at our house, too, in fact so much so that our recycle can is always overflowing :).

Every year, we try to take part in the 'Clean It and Green It' effort that my daughter's school participates in, and as a writer (I hate to print out reams of pages, and only do it when I absolutely can't avoid it), I always make sure I print on both sides of the paper.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

I'm trying to think of the greenest most impressive thing I have done, because I am pretty darn green (not like Elphaba, Jon). But my kids only wore cloth diapers. Lucky for me they potty trained early. Because I was in grad school while my son wore diapers, we had a service. But for my daughter I washed them all myself. With my energy, water efficient washer. And yes, I am proud. If I can do that, I can finish this darn book!

But as a writer, hmm, it is hard to say.

Elana Johnson said...

What great T-shirts! I'm wearing nothing as cool, dangitall. I have cloth napkins too, and my appliances are energy-smart.

Kelly said...

Jon- Seriously? By burning corn husks?! I've never even heard of that! After reading your rambling comment, I think you do a lot for the Earth!!
Hema - I do have to start using both sides of the paper. That's something easy (and economical) that I need to start doing more!
Tina - Using cloth diapers is most impressive. I did not even try. That just seemed overwhelming to me!! Kudos to you, girl! Yes, if you can do that, you can do anything!!
Elana - My husband's Tshirt just cracks me up. Yay for energy smart appliances and cloth napkins!

Bish Denham said...

We recycle and don't use harsh chemicals in our yard.

Kelly H-Y said...

Happy Earth Day!!! We try ... we recycle like CRAZY and try to use non-toxic cleaning products, etc. too! I LOVE that you all have your earth-related shirts today ... that is too awesome!

Denise said...

Yay Earth! I love you!

Solvang Sherrie said...

I started remembering to bring my own bags about two years ago so I hope we've kept thousands of bags out of the landfills! My go to cleaners are usually vinegar and baking soda and we've recycled for years. My kids were seriously out in the front yard hugging a tree a few minutes ago (son's idea!). And son's favorite shirt says "Homework kills trees! Stop the insanity!"

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Kelly--You are super-envirowoman! WTG! I'm not as good as you, but I do recycle, reuse, and reduce.

Dawn Simon said...

We recycle, use cloth bags, and do other stuff. I love how much more aware people are nowadays.

Susan Fields said...

I love the reusable fabric grocery bags. Not only are they environmentally friendly, they're much stronger and easier to carry than regular grocery bags.

Happy Earth Day to you, too!

Ann Marie Wraight said...

My family planted over 100 sapplings this year and we'll hopefully do the same in 2011...

Kaylie said...

We just switched our baby to cloth diapers.

Kimberly Franklin said...

Those shirts are too cute! I'm probably not the most enviromentally friendly, but I'm trying to make little changes.

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow. You are earth-awesome! We are closer to average. We have energy smart appliances and recycle what we can, but I know we could do more.

Suzanne Casamento said...

OMG. I want that Be Cute Don't Pollute shirt!

Go Polarks! You guys are doing great green stuff.

Rena said...

Cute shirts, especially your son's. We recycle what we can, but I find I save tons of stuff for school projects -- cans, jars, bags, caps, etc. If we can make a craft out of it, I'll save it!

My family also picks up trash if we're out somewhere, especially if we see it in a NP.

beth said...

*dies laughing* I LOVE that first pic!!! /snort

How do I keep the Earth clean? I make my own household cleaner! It's so easy--I mix part water, part white vinegar in a spray bottle, and that's what I use to clean my kitchen. A natural disinfectant and deodorant--it's really easy, more effective that most cleaners, and cheap!

Jonathon Arntson said...

When the corn furnace gets cleaned out and restarted it smells like popcorn.

Kelly said...

Thank you for all of your wonderful Earth friendly comments and tips! Keep it up!
Jon - Do you get hungry when that happens?

storyqueen said...

The black T-shirt is hilarious!! Love it!

Shelley