Don’t get me wrong…until very recently, the shade of my eco footprint would be gray and the size of an NBA basketball player! I’m ashamed to admit that my previous lifestyle was nothing close to the color green. There wasn’t much conversation regarding the 3 r’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle) when I was living alone in my 20s. I would ‘reuse’ my store bought water bottle at work (one bottle would last me months… think of the BPA chemicals leaching through that thing!), ‘reduce’ my food intake because I was always too busy to eat (I miss those skinny days)….oh, but wait! I did always ‘recycle’ my empty wine bottles (I’ll have to check the resin code of a wine bottle before I brag about this). But as I’m approaching my mid-30s, everything has changed!
Thinking about the kind of world and the lessons I want to teach my children is a big thing in my life. It’s so cliche to say, but once you have kids, you want everything to be better, including the environment and your lifestyle. That is the magic of children. You stop and realize that the world you leave them is very important and as a parent, it’s your responsibility to educate yourself and raise your kids with a ‘green’ mentality. So lookout Ray (the hubby)….ready or not I’m going to make you one of the colors of your native Italian flag….and it ain’t the red one!
Check out this quiz and see what your ecological footprint looks like! It humbles you to learn how many earth planets would need to exist to sustain your current lifestyle.