An “a-ha” moment

I can’t believe what I almost did. Going green rule #1…recycling. It’s one of the easiest things to do, since the trash has to go out anyhow. Just sort it (if your community requires that) and throw it in your recycling can (like we’re fortunate enough to have in our city).

The thing is, I bought new blinds for our bedroom and bathroom, and after I replaced the old with the new, I hovered over the garbage can thinking “well, how should I put these in the can?” Problem was, I was hovering over the GARBAGE, not the RECYCLING…as I stood there with two armloads of aluminum. Aluminum! How could I forget, but I nearly did. All it took was a few snips of string on each set and I was peeling away slat after slat and loading the recycling can. When all was said and done, there was very little that had to go into the trash, but I was amazed at myself that the trash can was almost where all of it went. I’m glad my brain finally kicked in.

I also learned that manufacturers like Levolor, Hunter Douglas and Kirsch are making their miniblinds with 70% to 95% recycled aluminum contents. Well, bravo! I honestly didn’t realize that aluminum miniblinds were such an environmentally responsible choice.

photo by: www.easywindowblinds.com

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7 thoughts on “An “a-ha” moment

  1. Hi Doreen,

    I just read about your blog on “Jiiimmmm’s” blog and had to come over to check it out. Love it! I try my best to keep it “green” around our home as well, but my DH is alot like yours. I went as far as to buy the “green” toilet paper and paper towels…ummm…let’s just say that the family didn’t take kindly to that move! :) I’ll be back to read and learn more!

  2. Julie – Thanks for checking out my blog! Would love for you to come back often…sounds like we’re in the same boat of annoying our families with green-ness! :)

  3. Don’t know if you’ll see this, but… Giving items to the Goodwill and such places are great green options, too. Not everything has to to choose between the landfill and the recycling plant.

  4. marianne – I agree completely. We donate everything that is usable, however, these were broken. Their life had run its course, so landfill or recycling was the only option.

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  7. I also didn’t realize that aluminum mini blinds were an environmentally responsible choice for dressing the windows of your home until i read this article!

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