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Going Green Can Be a Challenge

I have to admit, I had big plans for our family going green when we started. I imagined every speck of recycling making its way to the bin and doing far more upcycling. While my family has made great strides towards reducing our impact on the environment, there’s still more that we can do.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re really pretty good at recycling, but we still face some challenges. My kids are actually the best at recycling, because they grew up with the campaign on television and at school. My oldest daughter is vigilant about recycling, but my younger daughter doesn’t always want to make the trip to the garage where we keep the recycling bins. So, sometimes the teenage mind impacts our efforts at going green.

It’s not just them, though. My husband and I are making progress, but we still have a hard time remember to recycle all the time. My husband is doing quite well, but for me, it’s the small things that I have to improve on. I ALWAYS forget to recycle coffee cups and paper bags, and I’m still learning what can and can’t be recycled.

Recycle bin filled with recyclables
Recycle bin filled with recyclables

My kids are the biggest upcyclers on the planet as everything they can use is crafted into something new. I don’t mind because it is environmentally friendly. I think it’s kind of indicative of the current generation of kids too in some ways, as they grow up learning more about what can be recycled and cherishing the environment. My kids have a much stronger and smarter recycling attitude than I ever did at that age. Parents like me owe it to their kids to try harder to protect the environment.

Green recycle sign with paper men holding hands on a tree.
Green recycle sign with paper men holding hands on a tree symbolizing a group effort to recycle

Going Green is a Challenge, but it’s Worth It

Going green has been a bit of a challenge for my family, but we’re making progress. I think that’s really what counts. My article on SC Johnson inspired me to do more with my family, and we’re getting there. I would say that on our going green journey, we reduced our trash by at least half, and that’s a big step in the right direction.

Do you recycle? Are you trying your hand at going green? What is your recycling challenge? I’d love to hear from you.

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