I’m FINALLY back… Mom Goes Green just returned from a summer hiatus and a nice, long vacation at the OBX with my amazing family! We already miss the fresh ocean air every morning, noon and night. We experienced it all again this year… from dunes to surf, and sun to moon…
You probably already know that I didn’t leave my green principals behind. We conserved, we recycled and we simply enjoyed the purity of a beautiful environment.
Once again, after evaluating our trip, I feel no guilt. We were honestly conscious not to be wasteful. We made sure not to waste energy or over-consume — from turning off lights to waiting for a full dishwasher — and even purchased all of our usual organic food and earth-friendly products.
We recycled absolutely everything too. I am proud to say that, over the course of the entire vacation, we created only one small bag of trash… but the amount of recycling was certainly more substantial. Unlike last year (when my husband delivered our recyclables to the local recycling center!) we were fortunate enough to discover some recycling cans right outside of our condo. Yes, this was a relief for my husband and quite different than our Myrtle Beach vacation a number of years ago!
I also need to offer some green applause to a community that is wise enough to not only protect the natural sand dunes on the beach but also provide cans for recyclables. This is a view from our condo deck. See those two cans with the yellow lids? … yes, recycling cans. And the one small blue can? … yep, that’s for trash. But I think it’s very telling that there is more than twice as much capacity for recyclables than there is for trash. They acknowledge that there’s PLENTY that can be recycled and DOESN’T need to become trash.
The point is, no matter where we are, we CAN “tread lightly”. At home, on vacation, in everyday life, everywhere. There’s always an option, there’s always a choice. Make the right choice.